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Summer Feeding and Your Kansas Food Bank

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By , May 23rd, 2017 8:10am

Cartoon Image: Kids play and enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a nutritious summer meal.

This month, children across our service area will begin summer vacation. While summer vacation is considered to be freedom for many children, for those facing hunger it means losing the one place that they can count on for a meal – school.

For most of the country, the face of hunger is surprising. It does not discriminate against age, race, gender, or ethnicity. It affects working families who are forced to make difficult choices between food and basic necessities such as utilities, medicine, or rent.

The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program will help by providing meals in June and July. Through the SFSP, summer programs can provide up to two healthy meals or snacks per day, five days per week to children and teenagers, 18 years and younger, at approved central sites in low-income areas.   The Kansas Food Bank will be sponsoring meals in the following communities this summer via the USDA program:

City Site Address Dates Days Start End
Ashland Library 604 Main May 29 – July 27 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 12:30 PM
Bazine Western Plains Elementary 310 W Burgess May 29 – August 3 Mon – Fri 11:45 AM 12:45 PM
Bucklin Public Library 120 S Main June 1 – August 10 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Burlington Recreation Center 1110 Shea St June 4 – July 27 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Dighton Lane County Courthouse 144 S Lane May 29 – August 2 Mon – Fri 11:30 AM 12:00 PM
Ford Ford Community Church 701 N Main June 1 – August 10 Mon – Fri 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Ft Scott Fort Scott – Keyhole 1002 S Main May 29 – July 27 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Girard Public Library 128 W Prairie Ave June 4 – July 27 Mon – Fri 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Gridley Public Library 512 Main St May 29 – July 27 Mon – Fri 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
Haviland Swimming Pool 100 block of Walnut St May 29 – July 31 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Holyrood St Peter’s Church 209 S County Rd June 4 – August 3 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Hutchinson The Clusters 1401 E 23rd Ave June 4 – July 13 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Junction City Green Park Apartments 1439 N Calhoun May 29 – July 27 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Junction City Playground Park 1001 W 5th St May 29 – June 29 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Junction City Regency Trailer Park 948 Grant Ave May 29 – July 27 Mon – Fri 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Lakin Girl Scouts Building 203 W Russell June 1 – July 31 Mon – Fri 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
LeRoy Coffey County Library 725 Main May 29 – July 31 Mon – Fri 11:30 AM 1:00 PM
McCune Library 509 6th St June 1 – July 31 Mon – Fri 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Ness City Courthouse Lawn 202 W Sycamore June 1 – June 29 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Norton Methodist Church Kids Café 805 W Wilberforce June 4 – August 10 Mon – Fri 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Oberlin City Park Pavilion May 29 – July 31 Mon – Fri 11:45 AM 1:15 PM
Palco Township Hall 500 N Main June 4 – August 3 Mon, Wed, Fri 11:30 AM 12:30 PM

This summer we are also helping provide shelf stable meals to ElDorado Lunch Boxes, Kids Need 2 Eat and the city of Wichita for five sites:

Grace Revolution Church – 812 S Oliver – June 4 to July 27, Monday-Friday
Restored Community Church – 255 S Estelle – June 4 to July 27, Monday-Friday
Restoration Church – 1408 W 34th St S – June 4 to July 27, Monday-Friday
The Mending Place – 1513 E Galena – June 4 to July 27, Monday, Wednesday and Friday only
Windridge Apartments – 2502 W Wildwood St – June 4 to July 27, Monday-Friday

But, the USDA meal program is only one piece to the hunger puzzle for children during the summer. We also work with our agencies and community partners in several communities across the state to provide meals to kids in locally organized summer feeding programs, where the USDA program is not in place.  Those communities are:  Andover, Larned and Tribune.  In addition we work with NEK-CAP to provide summer meals in Belleville, Beloit, Mankato, Osborne and Smith Center.

In Wichita, USD 259 runs the USDA program.  More information can be found here.

For a complete list of meal sites across Kansas, click here.

It’s a busy summer for us, and a more hopeful summer for hungry Kansas kids, thanks to your Kansas Food Bank and our partners across the state.