The youngsters have started counting the days. Spring Break next week. Only April and May left. June and the start of summer vacation is within sight. But it may not be such a happy time for all children.
For a large number of children in our community—nearly a quarter of all students in the school district—the end of the school year also means the end of the school’s “free and reduced lunch” program and the breakfast and lunch meals they rely on.
GRACE Feeds Our Kids launches at the start of summer vacation to fill the void—and the little tummies!
Feed Our Kids program goes directly into their neighborhoods and volunteers set up tents and give out meals and goody bags with books, games and toys.
For many of these children, this may be their only meal of the day. And the play time after lunch may form lifelong memories for many—memories of good people and friends and summertime fun.
GRACE will serve lunches at six sites this summer every weekday beginning June 1 and ending in late August. Volunteers are needed to help launch this season of serving nutritious meals to children who may go hungry otherwise
Feed Our Kids manager Lori Stevens said volunteers are needed to adopt a day, a few days, or a whole week. Volunteers are asked to provide most of the lunch items for their sites, but the cost is relatively nominal.
Also, Lori said individual volunteers are needed to fill in at various sites to help serve meals and assist with fun activities. A training for all Feed Our Kids volunteers will take place in May.
If you are interested, or would like more information, contact Lori Stevens at 817-992-4690.
PS: Lori and her crew will be staffing two Spring Break Feed Our Kids sites next week. If you are interested in visiting one of the sites to see Feed Our Kids in action before committing for the summer, please join us at one of the two Grapevine sites, GRACE Main Offices at 837 East Walnut Street, or the old GRACE Main Office, 610 Shady Brook Drive.