Summer is an exciting time for kids: time to play with friends, go to camp, vacation with family, play in pool or at parks. But for children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. To help bridge that gap, the North Liberty Summer Lunch & Fun Program has operated since 2014 and needs your help this summer.
In 2014, the program served more than 2,500 free meals to youth. In 2015, with food donated by dozens of businesses, individual donors and volunteers, the program served more than 3,900 meals. Last summer, the program grew to nearly 4,400 lunches served. Activities have included high-energy physical activities, music, gymnastics, a visit from Herky, science activities, making milkweed seed bombs, water activities, container gardening and many other fun adventures
The program, hosted by North Liberty Unity Coalition, a group of social service agencies, city departments, school staff, local church representatives and others, provides nutritious meals and free enrichment activities, is open to all and requires no registration. You can sign up to help serve meals, prepare food, host an activity or sponsor a day.
The program runs each weekday, June 5 to Aug. 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each weekday at the Ranshaw House, located just north of the North Liberty Community Center at 520 W. Cherry St. (The program will not be hosted on July 4.) Learn more on the organization’s Facebook page or website.
Volunteers are needed daily during the course of the program to put the lunches together and serve them. Sign up online. For more information on volunteering or donation to the program, please contact Tracey Mulcahey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319/626-5712 or the Summer Lunch Coordinator at email@example.com.