Boys & Girls Club will expand supper program this fall

BRATTLEBORO — The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro (BGCB) is expanding its supper program starting on Wednesday, Aug. 27, thanks to a grant from the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation.

The Flat Street clubhouse will serve dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. These free meals are available to youth members as well as any young people and families with dependent children who struggle with food insecurity.

No registration or paperwork is required; participants simply need to check in at the club's front desk upon arrival.

The Tuesday meal, co-sponsored by Youth Services, includes assistance for young adults over transitional housing, GED test preparation, budgeting, job searches, and résumé writing.

The BGCB Supper Program meets all federal and state nutritional guidelines. Meals are served in a child-friendly environment.

The Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro has as its mission enabling all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

The Vermont Children's Trust Foundation supports community-based primary prevention programs to reduce the likelihood of juvenile delinquency, truancy, substance abuse, child abuse, and other socially destructive behaviors.

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Beth Baldwin noted in a press release that, “We started feeding kids back in 2008. With the help of several funders, including the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation, we are now able to serve dinner six nights a week. It's our goal at the Boys & Girls Club to ensure that youth do not have to be concerned about where the next meal will come from.”

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