The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center (BDJ Center) will host a summer feeding program for 100 students starting June 21 for anyone aged 18 and under. Meals will be distributed at the Ben Johnson Auditorium at 400 MLK Drive. The feeding program will consist of two meals served Monday through Friday: breakfast from 9-10 AM and lunch from 1-3 PM. The summer feeding program is being coordinated and organized by four Summer VISTA volunteers from AmeriCorps, Mavis Collinsworth, Alejandro Dager Carrasquilla, Khalil Corbett and Annabelle Parker. Also, the BDJ Center and Legacy Café will host a block party in the 400/500 block of North St. on Saturday, June 26 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Guests are asked to park in the Ben Johnson Auditorium lot.
JoAnna Cooper, Executive Director stated, “We’ve made a commitment to help this community by supporting the residents in any way that we can. We are asking the community to join our efforts to feed the youth. If you want to volunteer in supporting the BDJ Center’s Summer Feeding Program, contact them at (318) 460-7460.
About the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center
The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center, (BDJ Center), is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization located in the heart of West Natchitoches, an area in desperate need of educational and developmental resources. The mission of the BDJ Center is to build community in Natchitoches and give access to social and economic success to all of its residents. The BDJ Center was founded in 2017 by Claire Prymus in honor of her uncle, Mr. Ben D. Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a Natchitoches businessman and philanthropist who believed the best way to support the community was to support the youth. The BDJ Center’s Legacy Youth Workforce Development Program, is a sixteen-week training experience for 17-24-year-olds who are out of work, out of school and have barriers to employment.
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