Jun 23, 2015 7:21 PM
ROCHESTER - There will be no hungry children this summer at Salmon Falls Estates, thanks to a new summer feeding program designed to provide breakfasts and lunches while kids are out of school.
The program kicked off Tuesday afternoon, and Madilyn Curtis, 5, was the first customer.
She was accompanied by her grandmother, Marie Boston, who looks after the little girl while her mother goes to college.
"It is tough, it can be very tough," Boston said about getting children proper nutrition when school is out of session.
She is appreciative of the opportunity to get Curtis out of the house, playing with other children and eating well - all at the same time.
"If we can get the kids outside by giving them the time to have a good meal and interact together as opposed to staying inside, I think it's wonderful," Boston said.
Curtis was thrilled with her lunch.
"I have a tomato that I am eating right now, and some lettuce, and some chicken, and some cheese," she said. Granola and milk were also part of the wholesome meal.
The program is made possible by the efforts of Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
"It's no questions asked," Health and Nutriton Manager Jamie Swan said. "We don't ask for your income. We don't ask for eligibility requirements. If they are hungry, they can come and eat."
The Salmon Falls Estate is the 16th location established for summer feeding in the region. There are locations throughout Rochester, Somersworth and Dover. Swan said that as the programs grow, the excitement builds, and more children participate.
"It's a really great feeling to know they are being fed, and at least we are making a difference in their meals twice a day," Swan said.
Last year, approximately 21,000 meals were served by CAP. There are 163 sites in New Hampshire like the ones CAP runs, according to USDA officials.
For more information about the program, visit www.straffordcap.org, or call 435-2500.
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