PARA's Hughes Center Offers Summer Meals and Healthy Lifestyle Education

For the 37th year, Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority in conjunction with the City of Tuscaloosa is offering the Summer Meals Program. The program provides a healthy lunch to children at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, located at 3101 MLK Blvd.

The meal is served weekdays, Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through August 7, and is free of charge to youth ages 18 and under. For adults, the cost is $3.65 per meal. Visit tcpara.org for a monthly schedule of menus.

Many parents face challenges in providing healthy dining options during the summer months while they work and their children are not in school. The program aims to provide meals with a meat, two vegetables, fresh fruit, and milk to fill the gap between school terms. 

An added feature is #CommitToHealth, the National Recreation and Park Association’s campaign that supports the implementation and evaluation of Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) standards in park and recreation sites across the country. Not only will kids eat healthier and get more physical activity, they’ll learn about the importance of healthy living. This component will be accomplished through swimming at nearby Freeman Pool and other fitness activities and games at the Hughes Center.

As a part of the #CommitToHealth grant, the Hughes Center will able to purchase a cooler, reach-in freezer, heated holding and proofing cabinet (or warmer), assorted pans, kitchen utensils and sports equipment that will be utilized during the summer meals program.

PARA staff reports that during recent years, an average of 500+ youth per weekday enjoy their lunch at the Hughes Center.

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