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Summer food options available

Kaitlyn Clay, staff writer

Although COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines are lifting as weeks go by, many are still battling unemployment or dealing with the financial repercussions of having taken an extended period of time off of work. That makes paying bills and buying groceries hard for many, and schools and organizations across the county are trying to do their part to make sure no child goes hungry through the summer months without having school meals to account for breakfasts and lunches.
The South Harrison Community School Corp. board, at its meeting June 2, approved to participate in the Summer Seamless Option for the National School Lunch Program, which will provide students with the same amount of meals they were used to picking up since the 2019-20 school year switched to eLearning in March. To find out the dates and times of pickup, or to add your child to the list, contact your child’s respective school.
Crawford County schools are operating the same food pick-up system that was put in place when they shut their doors due to the novel coronavirus until at least Aug. 31, depending on the circumstances of the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Lanesville and North Harrison Community School corporations are not providing meals during summer break.
There are community resources people can utilize for meals.
Harrison County Community Services offers food to those in need. Dare to Care offers mobile food pantries at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey and South Central Elementary School near Elizabeth. For more information about these pantries, call HCCS at 812-738-8143.
Local churches are also offering meal and food services. St. Michael’s Church in Bradford is providing food to those who need it by appointment only; call 812-364-6646 for more information. Victory Baptist Church at New Salisbury offers food the third Friday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Our Father Provides Oasis Center in Corydon offers food on Mondays from 1 to 7 p.m. Breaking Bread in Lanesville provides food on Tuesdays and Saturdays (it also offers donated clothes to those who need them on Tuesdays).
One other organization offers food through a Harrison County free hot meals program. The Next Step in Corydon does lunch Monday through Friday at 11.