Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Notebook; Commission Seeking Sites for Serving Free Lunch to Jacksonville-Area Children

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Notebook; Commission Seeking Sites for Serving Free Lunch to Jacksonville-Area Children

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Times-Union staff writer

The Jacksonville Children's Commission is looking for summer camps, churches and other locations to serve as Summer Lunch Program sites between Wednesday, June 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Every summer, the commission provides free nutritious lunches to more than 12,000 children each day at more than 200 sites. Jacksonville's 9-year-old program is the fourth largest in the country and second largest in Florida, serving more than 400,000 lunches and 475,000 snacks to children 18 and under last year.

A "Free Lunch Served Here" banner is posted at each site with meal times indicated. Children do not need to be enrolled at the site to receive a lunch or snack. They just show up at meal times.

To qualify, the site must be in an area with more than 50 percent of its school-age children enrolled in the free and reduced lunch programs. To sponsor a site, apply online at www.jaxkids.org or pick up an application at the Children's Commission, 421 W. Church St., Suite 222. Applications are due Friday, May 6.

"A Grow Your Herbs and Eat Them Too" workshop is on tap from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 11, at the Urban Gardening Field Office, behind 1007 Superior St. Participants will learn about herbs and edible flowers and then plant their own herb dish to take home. There is an $8 fee at the door and seating is limited to 24 people. Register by calling 387-8850.

Fine wine, gourmet foods and silent auction packages are on the menu at a Children's Home Society fund-raiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The event is at Matthew's of San Marco, 2107 Hendricks Ave. Guests will dine on some of chef Matthew Medure's most-exclusive menu items while a strolling violinist performs.

Tickets are $150, and space is limited. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Nanette Regalado at 493-7739. …

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