Picnic in the park


Trenady Weigand takes a bite of her pizza at Liberty Park on Monday as part of the Open Door Summer Food Program. According to Sue Foster, coordinator for the food program, the meals are prepared at Washington Elementary and sent to locations throughout Pettis and Benton counties. The program prepares 700 meals Monday through Friday for area children.

Nicholas Bentley, 3, pauses in thought before finishing his corn for lunch Monday. “We come just about every day for lunch, and then the boys have an opportunity to play,” Lynn Bentley said. She brought her three sons and two of her nephews to Liberty Park. “The boys enjoy spending time together,” she added.

Mom Nelsi Mendez, left, looks on as her daughter Rosa Mendez, 7, and son Elijah Mendez, 5, finish their lunch before heading to play at Liberty Park. Older brother Dario Mendez also came to enjoy the pizza, corn and peaches the children were served for lunch. “We serve 20 to 40 children each day,” said JoDee Buso, a volunteer from First Christian Church. “It’s a huge joy to be involved with this program. All of the children are very polite and they are a joy to be with,” she added.

Korbin Peacock positions himself at the top of the swing set on the Liberty Park grounds. Peacock said he comes several days a week to spend time with his friends after enjoying lunch. “I like the spaghetti the best,” he said. “A lot of parents work during the day,” JoDee Buso said. “They know their children can come here and be served a good meal in a safe, supervised place.”

Kaya Relom tries to take a bite of her lunch as the wind blows through her hair Monday at noon at the Liberty Park shelter house. “I lke pizza the best,” Relom said, “But the pancakes at breakfast are my favorite,” she said with a smile.

Trenady Weigand takes a bite of her pizza at Liberty Park on Monday as part of the Open Door Summer Food Program. According to Sue Foster, coordinator for the food program, the meals are prepared at Washington Elementary and sent to locations throughout Pettis and Benton counties. The program prepares 700 meals Monday through Friday for area children.

Nicholas Bentley, 3, pauses in thought before finishing his corn for lunch Monday. “We come just about every day for lunch, and then the boys have an opportunity to play,” Lynn Bentley said. She brought her three sons and two of her nephews to Liberty Park. “The boys enjoy spending time together,” she added.

Mom Nelsi Mendez, left, looks on as her daughter Rosa Mendez, 7, and son Elijah Mendez, 5, finish their lunch before heading to play at Liberty Park. Older brother Dario Mendez also came to enjoy the pizza, corn and peaches the children were served for lunch. “We serve 20 to 40 children each day,” said JoDee Buso, a volunteer from First Christian Church. “It’s a huge joy to be involved with this program. All of the children are very polite and they are a joy to be with,” she added.

Korbin Peacock positions himself at the top of the swing set on the Liberty Park grounds. Peacock said he comes several days a week to spend time with his friends after enjoying lunch. “I like the spaghetti the best,” he said. “A lot of parents work during the day,” JoDee Buso said. “They know their children can come here and be served a good meal in a safe, supervised place.”

Kaya Relom tries to take a bite of her lunch as the wind blows through her hair Monday at noon at the Liberty Park shelter house. “I lke pizza the best,” Relom said, “But the pancakes at breakfast are my favorite,” she said with a smile.

Sedalia Democrat
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