EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 18, 2013

YMCA offers summer meals program for kids

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the Haverhill YMCA and Salem YMCA are offering free Summer Food Programs funded by a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Combining food and fun, the program will provide nutritious meals and snacks, plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. The program runs all summer long and is offered as part of the Y’s summer camp program.

The Summer Food Program is part of a national partnership between the YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities.

“In order for kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment as well as activities to keep their minds and bodies active,” said Tracy Fuller, executive director of the Haverhill YMCA. “The YMCA’s Summer Food Program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized, and also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more food when school is out.”

The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is working to ensure that all kids have access to meals, as well as healthy food options, so they can continue to be healthy and thrive when out of school. During the school year, the YMCAs in Salem and Haverhill will also serve healthy meals and snacks in its after school program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.

Authors Expo is July 31

The next New England Authors Expo will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers. This event is open to the public and is free to attend.

This Expo is a grassroots event intended to promote local New England authors and illustrators. Many authors, illustrators, publishers, writer’s groups, schools and businesses regularly attend.

The event also has a growing list of celebrities that attend and is an opportunity to network as well as buy and sell books. For a list of authors, illustrators and publishers attending, visit online at http://peartreepublishing.net.

For more information contact Christopher Obert at 978-372-5825.

Bereavement program for children

Musical experiences, special keepsake crafts and a host of other fun activities will be enjoyed by children who have undergone a significant loss in their life at Merrimack Valley Hospice’s day long “Summer Break” program on July 18 at Winnekenni Castle.

This free and fun program is for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss, said Jessica Sharpe, LCSW, bereavement services manager for Merrimack Valley Hospice.

“During the program children are able to express their grief in creative ways — while building friendships with other children who have also experienced a loss such as a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend,” Sharpe said. “Children grieve in different ways, and we are committed to offering a range of programs to help them through these difficult times.”

The daylong program, now in its fifth year, was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others that have similar experiences.

The program is open to all children in the community. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate.

The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists. Registration is required.

For more information contact Jessica at 978-552-4904 or jsharpe@homehealthfoundation.org.

‘Seize the Moment’ auction for St. James

GROVELAND — St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual “Seize the Moment” auction on Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 am.

The event features live and silent auctions of baked goods, artwork, dinners, services, and children’s items handmade by children in the church.

St. James is located at 119 Washington St., Groveland. For more information call 978-373-1270 or visit online at www.saintjamesgroveland.org.