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Boys & Girls Club free grab & go meals available at nine locations

(L-R) John Slattery (WTA ’21), Emma Brumley (WHS ’21 – 2021 B&G Club of Greater Westfield Youth of the Year); Anjalina Escalante (WHS) and Jered Fanska (WTA) prepare grab & go meals at Boys & Girls Club. (BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PHOTO)

WESTFIELD – The Boys & Girls Club “grab & go” lunch program, Summer Eats, which also includes breakfast for the next day, is in full swing at nine sites around the city.

Director of Operations Kellie Brown said the Club recently completed the renovation of their kitchen thanks to a state grant. “We now have the capability of making all of our own meals in house for the first time since running the summer program,” Brown said.

The Club also received a grant from the Attorney General’s office through YouthWorks to hire extra staff for the summer, and have hired four extra hands to prepare all the meals. There are five vans to deliver meals to sites throughout the city.

Every young person in the greater Westfield community is invited to visit one of the sites and pick up a free, healthy grab & go lunch. There are no eligibility requirements & no questions asked. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The Boys & Girls Club Summer Eats grab & go meals are available at the following locations weekdays through August 20:

Cross Street Playground, Cross Street: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sadie Knox Spray Park, 50 Prospect St.: 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Hubbard Street Spray Park, Hubbard Street 12:50 – 1:30 p.m.
Chapman Playground, 50 St. Paul St.: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club, 28 West Silver St.: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Colonial Pine Acres, 50 Southampton Road: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Powdermill Village, 126 Union St.: 12:05 -12:35 p.m.
Edgewood Apartments, 134 Union St.:11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Westfield Farmer’s Market, Church of the Atonement, 36 Court St. Thursday’s only: 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Brown said their newest location at Cross Street Playground has been very well-received. She said hopefully between the Boys & Girls Club Summer Eats grab & go program and the Food Services’ Westfield Eats food truck, no child will go hungry in Westfield this summer.

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