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Summer food service program announced for Creston

Creston Area Food Pantry Inc. will sponsor the summer food service program this summer in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services.

In the Creston area, meals will be offered at Creston First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm St. The first part of the state lunch program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from July 15 through Aug. 13. There will not be any meals served on the Fourth of July. Site supervisor at the church is Susan Weight who can be reached at 641-202-4408. Then from Aug.14-16, a local church will provide a meal at the same location and time. ISU Extension Outreach has partnered with the food pantry to provide activities for youth from noon to 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church beginning July 25.

Creston Community Schools Food Service will serve from June 10 to July 18, Monday through Thursday at Creston Community High School. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact the school food service at 641-782-2918.

The food pantry has partnered with YMCA youth programming to offer breakfast, lunch and snacks during the Y’s program activities. This program will begin June 10 and run through Aug. 22, Monday through Friday. The site supervisor is Chelcee Downing, YMCA Youth Programs Director. Call 641-782-9622 for more details about the activities planned.

Gibson Memorial Library has also partnered to offer snacks to children during the library’s programs. The “teen program” will occur on Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18 and 25 with snacks from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The “Lego program” will be on second and fourth Thursdays, June 13, 27, July 11 and 25 with snacks from 4 to 5 p.m. The “story time” program will be Fridays, June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12 and 19 with snacks served from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The “robotics program” will be on Tuesdays, June 18, 25 and July 2 with snacks from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

There will not be any meals served at the food pantry location on Wyoming Avenue this year. All youth are encouraged to attend the above opportunities.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit the completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: 202-690-7442 or email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For additional information or any questions, contact Mary O’Riley at 641-344-0701.

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