Free lunch available for kids this summer at Patchogue-Medford Library

Patchogue-Medford Library's sign. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
Healthy lunches will be available for free to kids at Patchogue-Medford Library this summer. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Healthy lunches will be available for free to kids at Patchogue-Medford Library this summer. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Throughout the summer, children and teens ages 18 and under can get healthy lunches for free at Patchogue-Medford Library.

The meals are being served Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 28 from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. until food runs out.

Danielle Paisley, assistant director at the library, said that the program is a partnership with the Island Harvest organization meant to continue the free and reduced lunch program run during the school year.

The program, which is funded with federal money, started at the library last year bringing in about 30 to 35 kids once-a-week. The success of the program led to it being expanded to three days a week and moved into the lower level’s meeting room.

Meals will consist of the types of food that the federal government considers part of a healthy lunch, which will often be a sandwich of turkey and cheese, ham and cheese or jelly, a fruit cup and juice. Peanut products are not provided in the lunch.

While the library will have to serve the whole lunch, anyone that doesn’t want to have the whole thing can put items on a sharing table for others.

Children ages 9 and under will need to come to the library with a parent, and older kids and teenagers can come to the program on their own.

The meals are being served by the Summer Lunch Helpers group. Teens interested in joining the group to help out can inquire either at the Teen Desk in Patchogue-Medford Library or apply online by clicking here.

Community fundraiser ongoing to support Patchogue mom recovering from stroke

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A GoFundMe to support Desiree Vermeulen has been set up after she recently suffered a stroke. Photo courtesy: Tiffany Rivera

A GoFundMe to support Desiree Vermeulen has been set up after she recently suffered a stroke. Photo courtesy: Tiffany Rivera

A Patchogue mom who works at Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Company needs support from the community after recently suffering a stroke.

Desiree Vermeulen, an assistant manager at the 41 E. Main St. coffeehouse, is going to be out of work during her recovery. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her support herself and daughter during this time.

Vermeulen is a young mother and a lifeong Patchogue resident. Photo courtesy: Tiffany Rivera

Vermeulen is a young mother and a lifeong Patchogue resident. Photo courtesy: Tiffany Rivera

The page, created by Tiffany Rivera on June 24th, currently has raised $2,910 out of a $4,000 goal. Residents that have donated are also leaving several get-well messages for Vermeulen.

Vermeulen’s mother, Bonnie Vermeulen-Kirchmer, wrote on Facebook that Desiree thanks the community for their support so far and that she is working hard toward her recovery.

“Knowing that there are so many people out there with genuine compassion has helped us both, to fight on,” Bonnie said.

Rivera, who is a general manager at Roast, said that the coffeehouse is planning a fundraiser for Desiree on July 25th. That event will involve selling raffles that people can buy to win gift cards from local businesses. Additional details on the fundraiser will be coming soon, she said.

Donations of any amount are being accepted for Vermeulen. To visit the page, click here.

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