Sewickley Valley YMCA offering free lunches at Henle Park
The Sewickley Valley YMCA is offering free lunches for children up to the age of 18 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Aug. 17 in Henle Park in Leetsdale from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barb Herman, Sewickley Valley’s membership manager, said this is the second year the YMCA has held the program, which is funded by a $3,000 grant from the Union Aid Society of Sewickley.
“A lot of families are struggling because kids are home from school,” said Herman, explaining why the YMCA is offering this service.
The YMCA had held its free lunch program at its Sewickley location, but found it was tough at times for people to get to its building, she said. Because Henle Park is more of a central location and has a concession stand, the YMCA moved its lunch program there.
Herman said lunches usually are burger, hot dog, a lunch meat sandwich and sometimes tacos. They also include fruit, yogurt, chips and a drink.
Lunches are assembled by Osman Awad, a Leetsdale Borough councilman and retired chef at Allegheny Country Club.
Herman said few lunches are served Mondays. On Wednesdays, an average of 20 to 25 lunches are handed out. And on Fridays, around 50 lunches are given out.
There is no advanced sign-up or paperwork needed to participate, she added.