Feed Our Kids has a new home at 121 Community Church! The site was previously located in the Trailwood Mobile Home Estates for two years. Luckily, we found a new home to host the site, which draws children from the neighborhoods bordering Ponderosa Drive and Chapparal Drive in east Grapevine.
“The partnership [with 121 Community Church] has been an incredible blessing,” says Lori Stevens, GRACE Seasonal Programs Coordinator. “The church staff has been very helpful, and have come out every single day to welcome our volunteers and see how they can assist us. We are so grateful ”
121 Community Church offers Feed Our Kids use of their parking lot, including setting up tents and picnic tables for children to come out and get their lunch. An average of 140 children come to this site every day to get their lunch from eager volunteers.
Partnering with Feed Our Kids is ideal for local businesses, civic groups and churches to invest in the community in an engaging way.
For as little as $2 per child, businesses can commit to adopting a day or workweek as meal hosts. Groups also have the option of sponsoring the meals for other groups to host.
Feed Our Kids is held at five different sites in the area. This week marks the third week of the program, and approximately 3,395 meals were served between Monday and Friday to children who during the school year are on free or reduced lunches, but are left to their own devices during the summer months when school is not in session.
“Each of the estimated 37,000 meals served this summer means security for a child vulnerable to hunger that day,” says Stevens. “Partnerships with local businesses and restaurants are crucial elements that afford us the ability to provide for each and every child in need.”
Depending on the site and type of meal, the average cost each day ranges between $100 and $500 to feed between 40-200 children. Groups are encouraged to bring games and engage with the children, though not required.
If you are interested in a sponsoring meals or volunteering, contact Lori Stevens.
A special thanks to YMSL Southlake, Dallas Airmotive, Abiding Grace Lutheran Church Grapevine, Lonesome Dove Church, White’s Chapel United Methodist Church and NCL Southlake for serving during the third week of Feed Our Kids!