JAMESTOWN – The Winifred Diebert Boys and Girls Club in Jamestown will be receiving a very special guest later this morning.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be in town and will use the Boys and Girls club as a backdrop to announce bipartisan legislation, which would expand the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program.
According to Gillibrand’s office, the legislation would help improve nutrition and enhance learning in under-served areas by better integrating summer education and meals programs, making it easier for public-private partner organizations to participate in the summer meals program, and by providing a third meal for children who attend evening enrichment programs.
In Chautauqua County there were 8,838 students receiving lunch but only 756 children participating in the summer lunch program. Senator Gillibrand’s legislation would expand eligibility to at least an additional 10 schools in Chautauqua County alone.
Others expected to be on hand for this morning’s announcement include Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan along with other local elected officials.