Summer Feeding Gives Children up to 18 free Meals during the Summer.

About Year-Round Feeding Initiative. The program is sponsored by the Dyer County Government Park Board and is managed by TSU Extension office providing over twenty sites in the summer providing a healthy breakfast and lunch during the summer and four after school program. We take part the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allowing us to provide healthy and nutritious meals during the summer and Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for afterschool meals. Program is done by partnership with City of Dyersburg Parks and Recreation, City of Newbern, Dyersburg Housing Authority, Newbern Housing Authority, Lively Stone House of Praise, New Womack Temple, Ross United Methodist Church, Word of Faith Church, St. Johns #3 Baptist Church, Dyer County School System, teen 4 success, Lake County School System, Dyersburg State Community College, Union Mission, Bruce Community Center, Future City Community Center, and YMCA of Dyer County. Additional investments and funding from Tyson Food, United Way of West TN, Walmart/Y USA, Lowes, Nucor Steel, YMCA of Dyer County, City of Newbern, City of Dyersburg, and Kiwanis Duck Blast.

Summer Feeding Program announces locations, promotes literacy skills

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Summer Feeding Program has kicked off. This year’s program will include numerous sites for breakfast and lunch meals, as well as physical activities and a newly implemented reading program. Pictured above, Dyer County Commissioners are seen handing out food and drinks to children participating in last year’s Summer Feeding program.



The Special Summer Food Service Program has now started and will continue through Friday, July 20, 2018. The purpose of the program is to ensure children who receive free or reduced meals during the school year, will continue to receive the same high quality meals during the summer months.

The Dyer County Legislative Body and Dyer County UT/TSU Extension Office are the sponsoring agencies of the event.

Last year the program served over 31,000 lunches and 8,000 breakfasts county-wide.

During this year’s program Dyersburg City Parks and Recreation and the Dyer County YMCA will provide recreational programs at different sites, and have partnered with McIver’s Grant Public Library to provide children with a summer literacy component, which will be implemented at all sites serving both breakfast and lunch.

Coordinators of the event say McIver’s Grant has extended roughly 50 books to be read to children participating in the program throughout the summer.

“We wanted to provide children with a program allowing them to retain their literacy skills throughout the summer,” stated coordinator Patricia Williams. “We are excited to have McIver’s Grant come on board with this partnership, and look forward to providing these children with more than just a meal.”

Williams says coordinators of this year’s program set out to achieve three key goals:

  • Providing children with physical activity
  • Bridging the gap in educational disparities
  • Providing children with a safe place to eat and enjoy physical activities

Dyer County YMCA Director Randy Butler says parents are welcome to drop off their kids at 9 a.m. at any of the breakfast/lunch sites, where they will remain for planned activities and meals until 1 p.m.

Special thanks are extended to community partners including, HOSTS volunteers, YUSA, McIver’s Grant Public Library, Dyersburg Kiwanis Club, United Way and Tyson Foods.

Feeding times are as follows:

Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Lunch Starts at noon and the program ends at 1 p.m.

Dyer County sites for breakfast and lunch:

These sites will serve breakfast, lunch and provide recreation: Bruce Recreation Center, New Womack Temple, Future City Recreation, Lively Stone Church Center, Newbern Monroe Center, and Newbern Housing and Word of Faith Baptist Church.

Dyersburg/Dyer County lunch only sites:

Tucker St. Apartment Park, Peachtree Apartment Park, Dyersburg South Town Park, YMCA, Green Tree Apartment, DSCC (Upward Bound program), Dyersburg Housing Authority (Maxey Drive and Perry Circle), Newbern City Park, Flower Valley, Newbern Elementary (through June).

Lake County sites (breakfast and lunch):

St John Church#3 Tiptonville

Laura Kendall School — breakfast and lunch

Jerry Reese Community Center Tiptonville — lunch only

Meals will be provided to all children ages 1-18 and is free of charge. All meals are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Volunteers are needed for recreation and reading programs. If interested contact the Dyer County Extension Service at 731-286-7821.

Free Summer Enrichment Activities at 7 Sites between breakfast and lunch Monday thru Friday for the Summer.

This summer Seven sites provide many different enrichment acitivites for those attending at no cost. These activities is held at the following Dyersburg Locations: Bruce Community Center, Future City Community Center, Word of Faith Baptist Church, Liviely Stone House of Praise, and New Womack Temple. In Newbern Happy House on Monroe Street. In Tiptonville St. Johns Church # 3. Provided by Dyersburg Parks and Recreation Staff and YMCA of Dyer County will be leading these activites with volunteers providing children attending the feeding sites to become physically active to aid the fight against obesity, add curriculum plus programming that will bring educational component to engage children during out of school time working on educational disparities, will add staff to aid in running the programs providing safe environment while providing a meal to fight those who might go hungry when school is not in session. , We give these children opportunity for recreation, education, while providing a nutritious meal serving more than their basic needs.