Joshua Project's free lunches start Monday


By Jim Poole

Contrary to the old slogan, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
The Joshua Project’s Summer Lunch program begins in Cobleskill, Middleburgh, Richmondville and Central Bridge on Monday.
The noon meals are free and open to all.
A story in last week’s Times-Journal reported that Central Bridge wouldn’t have the program, but that news was incorrect.
The faith-based Joshua Project started Summer Lunch in 2013 to help children who depended on meals at schools for 10 months of the year.
“It’s open to everybody,” said Joshua Project President Pat Costello. “It’s proven to be very effective in the villages they serve.”
Summer Lunch runs through the end of August. Sites often have a pizza day and/or a barbecue day every week. Businesses often sponsor the pizza day; anyone interested as a sponsor can call 518-937-2422.
Cobleskill’s Summer Lunch is in the United Methodist Church on Chapel Street and typically serves about 40 people every weekday.
Middleburgh’s is in the Middleburgh High School cafeteria and serves anywhere from 60 to 80.
Richmondville’s lunch is at the United Methodist Church on Main Street serves about 40.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Church Street in Central Bridge serves 20.