Commissioners keep summer lunch program alive

MONTESANO — The Grays Harbor County commissioners approved spending another $2,500 to keep a summer lunch program operating on the North Beach.

This is the 11th year for the program, which feeds every child who wants it on the North Beach. On average, the program feeds about 10,000 children.

“For some of these kids, it’s their only meal,” said County Commissioner Frank Gordon.

Commissioners Wes Cormier and Herb Welch also approved spending the funds during the commission’s Monday morning meeting.

The funding goes to Phyllis Shaughnessy and the Copalis Community Church Food Bank , who stretch the funds out over the entire summer. The program is also toughest to get going because it takes upfront money to buy the food for the lunches. That’s where the county funding comes in handy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture then reimburses the food bank for each meal produced.

The food bank serves lunches from the marina at Ocean Shores all through Copalis Beach, Ocean City, Langley Hill, Copalis Crossing, Humptulips, up Highway 109 to Pacific Beach, Moclips and all the way to Taholah. Sometimes, they set up specific sites where the youth gather.