St. Joseph’s to provide free, hot meals for Edmonson County children

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Over the next several weeks, summer vacation will begin for children as they finish the school year.

For some of those children and their families, though, that means uncertainty over where they’ll get food for lunch.

One local school is doing something to address that.

“It’s going to be very beneficial to all students,” said Joy Jenkins, food service manager at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Bowling Green.

Thanks to a food program sponsored by St. Joseph’s Catholic School, children in Edmonson County will be well fed this summer.

“We feed children – anyone from the age of 18 and younger a meal,” Jenkins said. “It’s at no cost to them. Nothing except coming in and enjoying that meal.”

Through a partnership with Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church, kids in Edmonson County will be able to receive free, hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday from June 4 through Aug. 1.

“Some programs do just sandwiches, but we do hot meals,” added Jenkins.

Hot meals that will include several kid-favorites.

“Spaghetti, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, hot dogs, all of that stuff,” said Jenkins. “We pride ourselves in being able to provide hot meals.”

The free meals will be served at five locations throughout Edmonson County, each with different serving times.

  • Wingfield Volunteer Fire Department: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • St. John the Evangelist Church: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Lighthouse Fellowship at Nolin Lake: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Community Church at Cedar Springs: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
  • Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

No meals will be served on July 4 or July 11.

A small county like this could struggle to host a program like this on its own, making it that much more important for the community to have this resource.

“These are areas that there is a great need for children to get meals while parents are at work,” said Jenkins. “We’re excited about it and they are too.”

Jenkins is a native of Edmonson County, so having the opportunity to give back to the community that raised her means a lot.

She also hopes this is just the first of many counties they’re able to help out.

“We’re hoping that we get our foot in there and that we can just continue to do this not only in Edmonson County, but any county that’s out there and has a need,” Jenkins said.

Parents will also be able to purchase meals with their children for $3.