Seaford Night Out features a night of free fun, education and food
By Tony E. Windsor
Now in its 27th year, the annual “Seaford Night Out against Crime and Drugs,” will be held tonight, Thursday, Sept. 27, on the grounds of the Seaford Police Department and neighboring Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, on Virginia Avenue. The event which runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is a partnership between the Seaford Police Department, Delaware State Police Troop 5 and the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club.
The event features a significant number of state and local community service agencies who set up throughout the grounds to provide educational opportunities for those visiting the event. Both state and local law enforcement will be staging demonstrations including canine units, motorcycle units and bomb units. The state police Mounted Unit and Seaford and DSP command post vehicles will be on display as well.
FOP Lodge #9 will sponsor the Official Amber Alert Child Safety/ID Kit. The Amber Alert Child Safety/ID kit will include an ink less fingerprint strip, which is approved by the National Crime and Information Center and will also include forensic DNA archiving card so you can collect your child’s DNA sample through a non-invasive method. The DNA sample can be stored at room temperature for up to 28 years.
This year food will be provided through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware’s USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which provides nutritious after-school meals to young people statewide in conjunction with the Delaware Department of Education. A statewide sponsor for the program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware provides after-school meals to members at club sites in all three counties.
In addition, the Boys & Girls Club also participates in the annual USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which enables the organization to provide summer meals, including breakfast, lunch and snacks to its members. In all Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware provides over 500,000 meals each year to young people throughout Delaware as part of the two USDA/ Delaware Department of Education food programs.
As a sponsor in the national food program, Boys & Girls Clubs contracts with food vendor, Connections, Community Service Programs (CSP), which prepares and delivers the daily meals.
In an effort to promote the importance of the national CACFP and SFSP food programs to provide nutritious meals to youth throughout the state, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware and Connections CSP will set up a “family picnic-style” meal during this year’s Seaford Night Out event. Food including hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and corn on the cob will be served to event attendees.
The public is invited to the Seaford Night Out event which will also feature music, special giveaways, games for kids, and the opportunity to meet members of the Seaford Police Department and Delaware State Police. There is no charge for the event or food.