Food, fun and festivities at the park

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Safely enjoy summer days at the park.

In an effort to combat childhood hunger, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA program carefully monitors children at the playground while providing them with food and fun.

Food and Fun at the Park brings a supervisor to local parks and playgrounds to provide free lunches and snacks for children. But they also offer activities and crafts, while making sure everyone plays safe.

The program will be held at five locations in the town of Wilkes-Barre on Monday, June 27, including:

  • The Gather Community Space, 97 South Franklin Street
  • The McGlynn Learning Center at Boulevard Townhomes, 72 Midland Court
  • The McGlynn Learning Center at Mineral Springs Villages, 233 Eastview Drive
  • Coal Street Park, 38 Coal Street
  • Kirby Park, Pavilion Number 3, 160 Market Street

Food and Fun at the Park will also offer lunches, snacks and activities at Duryea Community Park and Jefferson Park in Pittston, and behind the White Haven Community Library.

The program begins Monday, June 20 and will run Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through Friday, August 12, with food service beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Park programs will be canceled if it rains and on July 4, due to holidays. During rainy days, the Gather Community Space at 97 South Franklin Street will offer an indoor program that will be open daily, including rainy days, beginning Monday, June 27.

Families can register their children for programming and lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the site with 24 spaces open on a first-come, first-served basis.

“A lot of people are really excited because it reminds them of what things were like when they were kids when they went to parks and there were park attendants, to really keep an eye on the kids and provide balls. basketballs or Wiffle balls,” explained Michele Shasberger, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.

The program is in its fifth year and is offered at parks in Duryea, Pittston and White Haven. You can find more information on the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA website or by calling the YMCA at 570-823-2191.

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