Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CFI Announces Summer Feeding Program

Community Food Initiatives (CFI) and the Hope Apartments in Athens, Ohio are participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) this year. Through the program, meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. Children will prepare their own meals and snacks from the fresh garden produce they harvest from the Hope Kid’s Garden, or from produce received through the CFI Donation Station at the Athens Farmers Market. This particular component of the Hope Garden Summer Youth Program is closed-enrollment and will only be available to children from the Hope Apartments.

Children who are part of households that receive food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Meals will be provided at the Hope Apartments during Tuesday lunches from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Snacks will also be available from 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Hope Apartment Complex, located at 10 Hope Drive, Athens, Ohio.

You can watch the video above to learn more about CFI's Donation Station at the Athens Farmers Market.

CFI promotes self-sufficiency with regard to food supplies in Athens and other surrounding communities in our region. Besides community gardens, the group provides Edible Schoolyard programming, works with the City of Athens and other partners on composting arrangements, hosts community workshops and highlights the importance of educational projects.

For more information about CFI's work and the Summer Feeding Program, or to learn how to become a member and support CFI’s efforts to promote food security in our region, contact Ronda Clark ( or call their offices (740.593.5971). You can also visit their website (

CFI receives project funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund of Parkersburg WV, the USDA Community Food Project, the USDA Summer Feeding Site Program, the City of Athens, the Harry Chapin Foundation, and membership donations.

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