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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:

Ashland Library: 5/30-7/31, 12:00-12:30
Bazine Grade School:  6/1-6/30, 11:45-12:45
Bucklin Library:  6/5-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Burlington Rec Center:  6/1-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Bushton Methodist Church: 6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Claflin Methodist Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Dighton Methodist Church:  5/30-8/11, 11:30-12:30
Ellsworth Library:  6/12-8/11, 11:30-12:30
Ford Community Church:  6/5-7/28, 11:30-12:30
Ft Scott Keyhole:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-12:50
Girard Library:  6/5-7/28, 11:30-12:30
Gridley Library:  5/30-7/28, 11:00-12:30
Haviland Swimming Pool:  5/31-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Holyrood St Peters Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Howard Rebekah Lodge:  5/30-6/9, 11:00-12:00
7/3 and 7/5-7/7, 11:00-12:00
7/31-8/4, 11:00-12:00
Hutchinson – The Clusters:  6/5-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – 1st Presbyterian:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Bramlage Library:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Grandview Com Center:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Playground Park:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
Junction City – Regency Mobile Home:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00
LaCrosse 60+ Building:  5/30-7/28, 12:30-1:30
LeRoy Library:  5/30-7/28, 11:30-1:00
Lorraine Baptist Church:  6/1-8/11, 12:00-1:00
Ness City Courthouse:  MTRF 6/1-6/30, 11:30-12:30
Oberlin Swimming Pool:  6/1-7/28, 12:00-1:30
Sharon Springs Extension:  MWF 6/5-7/21, 12:00-1:00
Ulysses Bedrock Mobile Home:  5/30-7/28, 12:30-1:00
Ulysses Russ Binney Park:  5/30-7/28, 12:00-1:00

This summer we are also helping provide shelf stable meals to ElDorado Lunch Boxes, Kids Need 2 Eat and the city of Wichita for two sites:  Christian Faith Center and Urban Prep Academy.

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, Ellis, 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.