YMCA, Walmart aim to combat child hunger with Summer Food Program

YMCA, Walmart aim to combat child hunger with Summer Food Program

YMCA, Walmart aim to combat child hunger with Summer Food Program

The summer program serves as a support for children and families and has become a valuable resource in local communities, officials said.

"It has protein, vegetables, fruit, it has some of our most requested items", said San Diego Food Bank CEO James Floros.

According to Emmetsburg Food Service Director Deb Goeders, breakfasts will be served at West Elementary in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and in the High School cafeteria on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Hot meals are served for breakfast and lunch.

The food bank is also seeking donations to help feed children during the summer and to stock up for the Food for Kids program in the fall.

The service "provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable", the announcements said.

At this location parents are guardians may purchase a meal for $3.75.

"In addition to lunch, we'll have activities for the kids", Stahleker said.

"If they are swimming or taking lessons, they can come over here to get lunch", Stahleker said. She stocks up on food throughout the school year to help her get through the lean summer months. Qualifying as an open lunch site allows the district to serve free lunches to any children ages 1-18 with the cost of the lunches fully reimbursed to the district.

The Regional Food Bank will provide complimentary summer meals weekdays at the sites and times listed below. "There is not a lot of money left for food after bills", she said.

The food at Darby will be similar to what is made during the school year. Memessemer is the early childhood administrator for Southern Seven Health Department in Ullin, and said socioeconomic status is only part of the issue.

"We've done a ton of advocacy to make the program work better for families in rural communities, and we've used private funds to operate demonstration pilots to see if we can feed kids in different ways and still operate within the reimbursement amount", Davis said. I'm excited to do it.

For more information contact the Darby School Summer Meals Program at 406-493-5004. "Children participating in our summer feeding program are receiving both breakfast and lunch". Collaboration and promotion of services available seemed the best suggestions to fight food insecurity.

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