There are nine CAO Food Service locations in Portsmouth, three in New Boston, two in Sciotoville, two in Lucasville, two in McDermott, one in West Portsmouth, one in Wheelersburg and one in South Webster. There are also four private locations not open to the public. Every meal meets USDA nutritional guidelines.
“We really appreciate Community Action and their efforts to get funding and provide these kind of programs. They really help our kids,” said Clarence Parker of the 14th Street Community Center in Portsmouth.
He said about 68 kids, ages 5-12, participate in the program at the 14th Street Community Center.
Food is served Monday through Friday at most sites (check the schedule for individual breakfast and lunch times) — except in McDermott, where breakfast at Northwest Elementary and lunch at Northwest Public Library are not served on Fridays. To help feed kids over the weekend, kids on Friday are given a “backpack” bag of food to take home with them.
“On the last day the site is open, whether it’s a Thursday or Friday, the children who are in attendance get a packed backpack to take home for weekend meals, that way they get at least a lunch on the weekends as well,” said LouAnn Valentine of CAO.
The food sent home each week are non-perishable lunch items only, such as Vienna Sausages and cheese sticks.
She said the overall backpack program will serve about 600 kids every week. The Food Service Program is federally funded by the USDA and distributed by the State of Ohio. The summer food program began in 1991 and has helped more than 30,000 children, and the backpack take-home program is new this year. There are no eligibility or income requirements for children to participate. Simply show up at any of the sites and they’ll get a free meal.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or email@example.com.
CAO Summer Food Service Program Sites
14th Street Community Center
1220 14th St., Portsmouth, 9-9:30 a.m.—
Center Street United Methodist Church
173 Center St., Lucasville—12:30-1 p.m.
Clay Township Community Pool
Elm St., Portsmouth—1-1:30 p.m.
Glenwood High School
522 Glenwood Ave., New Boston, 7:30-8 a.m.11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Highland Head Start School
1511 Hutchins St., Portsmouth, 8-9 a.m.11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
21228 State Route 73, W. Portsmouth—1 -1:30 p.m.
1521 Findlay St., Portsmouth—1:30-2 p.m.
1130 Kinker Dr., Wheelersburg 9-9:30 a.m.12:30-1 p.m.
New Boston Manor
3727 Rhodes Ave., New Boston —11:15-11:45 a.m.
4738 Henley Deemer Rd., McDermott 8-8:30
Northwest Public Library
13056 State Route 73, McDermott —11:30 a.m.-noon
824 Harrisonville Ave., New Boston 7:45-8:15 a.m.
1205 Waller St., Portsmouth —12:30-1 p.m.
Portsmouth Elementary School
514 Union St., Portsmouth 8:30-9 a.m.11:30 a.m.-noon
Potter’s House Ministries
5409 Winchester Ave., Sciotoville —noon-12:30 p.m.
Sciotodale Free Will Baptist Church
1866 Shela Blvd., Portsmouth —12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Sciotoville Elementary Academy
5523 Third St., Sciotoville 8-8:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.-noon
Scudder School Building
411 Court St., Portsmouth 7:45-8:1511:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
South Webster Elementary
10529 A Main St., South Webster 7:15-7:45 a.m.
1908 Wayne Ave., Portsmouth 9:30-10 a.m.1-1:30 p.m.
Welcome Home Christian Fellowship
100 73A US Rt., Lucasville —12:30-1 p.m.