Meals available at area summer camps

It wasn’t their No. 1 favorite entree for lunch – taco in a bag.

However, the children at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation seemed just as happy with the pepperoni pizza they were munching on Monday.

Anything would probably suit Aiden Corbett, 7, of Williamstown. What’s his favorite thing about coming to Ely Chapman?

“My favorite thing is lunch,” he said.

The Ely Chapman facility is one of about 10 sites across Washington and Morgan counties to offer summer meals to participants of summer camps, their own programs or just about any child who needs a breakfast or lunch.

About 70 Ely Chapman children are served lunch daily, said Bri Scott, 20, of Cincinnati, a summer intern. The kitchen also supplies meals to Camp WILD and Camp Caterpillar from the Marietta Family YMCA and the O’Neill Center.

The older children are to pick lunch items from three of the five food groups, and the younger ones get a vegetable and a fruit automatically.

“So they can try new things,” Scott said.

Rilee Lockhart was in just her second day as a counselor-in-training at Ely Chapman Education Foundation Monday.

“I love it,” said the 14-year-old from Devola, who was on milk duty Monday at the center.

A large group of children find their meals being served at two sites in Washington County and one in Morgan County.

Washington-Morgan Community Action serves meals to children ages 1 to 18 at the old New Matamoras Elementary School, the playground next to the Beverly pool and Trinity United Methodist Church in McConnelsville. No application or income guidelines are necessary for the meals, said Carrie McNamee, director of senior and community services.

The meal sites operate with the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Each hot meal will include a meat, a fruit, a vegetable, a grain and milk, McNamee said.

“We started on June 10,” McNamee said. “Our numbers are definitely increasing as summer goes on.”

Beverly and McConnelsville sites feed 25 to 30 children each day and New Matamoras has about 15.