When you enter the gates of Palmetto Mobile Home Park all seems quiet until you stumble upon the “summer fun spot” beside the office. Round Top Baptist Church and Northstar Christian Center are partnering to provide a fun summer filled with numerous activities, caring teens and adults, and of course tasty meals. Richland School District Two provides meals every Monday through Thursday and even brings their Street Eats Food Truck out every Tuesday!
Mrs. Viola Townsend of Round Top Baptist Church and Rev. Chris Pedersen of Northstar Christian Center had a vision to bring summer fun to youth at Palmetto Palms. Viola has been planning since last summer to provide fun and meals at Palmetto Palms as she wanted to ensure that kids received a nutritious meal. Rev. Chris believes it is important for his church and other churches to do local mission work. Numerous teens from the church have committed to helping out and making Palmetto Palms their preferred local mission location.
Anytime Monday through Thursday you can see kids playing a game of soccer, badminton, arts and crafts, human size connect four, and hopscotch. Many kids walk up from their home each and every day to have a healthy meal and fun. One parent stated this has allowed her two children to meet other children in the mobile home park. She states, “Palmetto Palms is a large community and when you live in the back like us sometimes you do not get to interact with families that live in the front. However, the food and activities for youth has brought us together and allowed my kids to have new friends.”
Palmetto Palms Mobile Park will provide meals and fun to youth ages 18 and younger every Monday through Thursday up until July 27th. The lunch and fun begins at 11am and concludes at 1pm. To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program at Palmetto Palms Mobile Home Park visit: https://www.richland2.org/News/Summer-Meal-Program-starts-soon!