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6/16/2015 - Hamilton Township, CYO of Mercer County and Mercer Street Friends Partnership Brings Child Summer Food Program to Bromley Neighborhood


Hamilton Township, CYO of Mercer County and Mercer Street Friends Partnership Brings Child Summer Food Program to Bromley Neighborhood

Although nutritional food programs may benefit some local students during the school year, for those students, summer break does not just mean a break from classes and homework.

It also means a break from the nutritional food programs that the children rely upon.

But thanks to a partnership between Hamilton Township, the CYO of Mercer County - which operates Hamilton’s Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center and Mercer Street Friends – another non-profit that coordinates a local food bank, township children between the ages of 5 and 14 can continue to enjoy nutritional lunches throughout the summer.

A US Department of Agriculture grant will allow the free summer lunch program – which officials believe is the first of its kind in Hamilton – to start in late June and continue through the middle of August.  The program will provide local children with nutritional lunches at the Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center. 

On sunny summer days, children who are registered for the program will be able to enjoy lunch at the center’s picnic tables, which surrounds a brand new playground set that officials recently installed.  During inclement weather, lunch will be served inside the center.    

Hamilton parents can register their children for the program by its June 19th deadline by contacting the Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center at 609.587.8100,  or visiting the center, located at 1801 East State Street in Hamilton.  Applications are also available on the Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center’s website:

Because this program is available to solely children of Hamilton Township, parents must provide proof of residency identification.

“This new program will benefit the health of our local children from all across our community, including many children from the Bromley neighborhood,” explains Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede.  “I hope that many parents will consider whether this free program might benefit their children this summer.”  

“We are excited to be able to provide this beneficial service at the Bromley Neighborhood Civic Center.  Through this summer program, I believe this partnership between CYO of Mercer, Hamilton Township and Mercer Street Friends will make a true difference for children across Hamilton Township,” says Thomas Mladenetz, Executive Director of the CYO of Mercer County.