Great Plains Food Bank
Kids Summer Lunch Program helps hungry kids
Fargo, N.D. – (June 2, 2015) School’s out for the summer but that can mean a challenge for many families in our area who rely on free and reduced lunch through the school year. The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, is continuing its model of hunger relief for children living in an income-eligible neighborhood in Fargo. Free meals are provided to any child under the age of 18 during the summer months when other food resources may not be available. In 2013 in Fargo and West Fargo, 5,761 children qualified for and greatly relied on the free and/or reduced lunch program at school; but during the summer, many of these children struggle with hunger. To fill this summer nutrition gap, the Great Plains Food Bank is partnering with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to offer the Kids Summer Lunch Program.
Great Plains Food Bank staff and volunteers will distribute the free meals Monday through Friday from 12-12:30 p.m. at Village West Park, 4415 9th Ave. Circle S, Fargo. This is the third year for the program, which runs from Monday, June 8, through Friday, August 21. Friday, July 3, the Independence Day holiday, is the only day it will be closed.
“We are always looking for ways to entice kids to attend the program,” said Cathy Herbold, manager of programs and agency services at Great Plains Food Bank. “This year we will have a theme day once a week and kids will be encouraged to dress up to support the theme. We will have at least one activity during the week and hope to have more.”
Activities will include making cereal necklaces, a mobile library that the Great Plains Food Bank has assembled, and making slime, which is guaranteed to be a crowd favorite.
The Great Plains Food Bank also oversees similar operations in Bismarck and Valley City. All locations are currently seeking volunteers. If you are able to help, or to learn more, visit www.greatplainsfoodbank.org or call (701) 232-6219.