First the good—no, great—news: After a slow start for the first few days, Feed Our Kids has really kicked in strong—an average of 560 children are being fed each day. Feed Our Kids volunteers are on track to serve more than 30,000 meals this summer! We thought last summer was a blockbuster year with over 32,000 lunches served. This summer may be even better.
That’s the great news—lots of local youngsters who are on the school district’s free or reduced lunch program will have full bellies this summer. For many, the Feed Our Kids lunch may be their only meal of the day.
Now for the “other” news: To make sure hungry children can get something to eat this summer, more volunteers and volunteer groups are needed!
It is an exceptional challenge: children at two Feed Our Kids sites desperately need volunteers to bring lunches and joy during several days in August.
It is not an easy, nor a small task: children coming to the Feed Our Kids site at the Community Outreach Center on Mustang Drive can number up to 250 per day. The Outreach Center site needs volunteers August 5 and 6.
Volunteers at the Ticknor Terrace Apartments on East Walnut Street (the site of the GRACE Main Offices) feed about 60 – 80 children each day. Feed Our Kids still needs to cover August 5 and 6.
Continuing concerns about COVID-19 are resulting in some cancellations and some groups being understaffed.
If you or your group would like to do something very special, challenging, fulfilling and important this summer, Lori Stevens, GRACE Feed Our Kids Manager, can be your guide. All the proper protocols for social distancing have been put in place.
Lori will walk you through all the details of a Feed Our Kids experience—details like the setup, preparation, serving, cleanup and the “fun” things about Feed Our Kids, like playing games with the kids, craft projects and sing-alongs
Please consider being a part of this very beneficial program. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact Lori Stevens at 817-992-4690.