HAMMONTON - Fall spirit was in the air on Friday morning at the Hammonton Family Success Center as children decorated pumpkins in honor of the season.

“The turnout is wonderful! More and more people kept coming!” said Melissa Saunders, an employee at the center. The family center tries to have activities for children on days when children are off from school, as was the case on Friday as local schools had an in-service day for teachers.

Mathew McCloskey brought his 15-month-old daughter, Davin, to paint a pumpkin. “It’s my first time here and I’m loving it,” said McCloskey as Davin decided to paint her shirt rather than her pumpkin. Thankfully, McCloskey had put an old oversized shirt on her before she started painting.

Children also were given a chance to paint a mason jar to be used as one of the new centerpieces at the Senior Nutrition Center, which is located in the Family Success Center.

The pumpkin activities overlapped with the daily senior nutrition program, which gave the seniors a chance to paint a pumpkin or mason jar if they wanted to.

The Senior Nutrition Center provides seniors with a completely free and nutritious meal every weekday, along with activities. “The program is meant to keep senior citizens active and engaged in their community,” said Olivia Bellano, the nutrition meal site coordinator.

All seniors of Atlantic County who are 60 years or older are welcome to attend. It is asked that seniors make a reservation at least two days in advance.

For more information about the Senior Nutrition Program or to make a reservation, please call Olivia Bellano at (609) 567-3200 ext. 37.

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