The Kansas Food Bank is returning as a second year sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This year we have 31 sites across the state that are working under our direction to serve summer meals to kids. There are requirements to becoming a USDA site and those are based on 50% or more Free and Reduced student meals or by area eligibility.
Our sites provide volunteers to serve the meals as well as a safe environment where kids can come and eat in a congregate setting. We provide shelf stable meals and milk for the sites to serve. The sites also help get local donations of fresh fruit for the kids to enjoy either at their meal or they may take that home for later.
ConAgra and Share our Strength both provided grants that the food bank applied for and were awarded. Since the food part of the program is reimbursed by USDA, grant funds could not be used for food, rather they could be used for outreach and enrichment activities.
ConAgra awarded us $20,000 which helps us provide outreach to the participating communities. Their gift also covered the cost of our three Summer VISTA workers who are helping us monitor the sites and serve meals. In addition, the grant is piloting parent meals at four locations.
Share our Strength awarded us $9,355 to assist with outreach and enrichment activities. With part of this grant we were able to purchase banners which have been a great attention grabber.
Enrichment activity boxes were sponsored by both grants. Activity boxes include educational materials as well as items for physical activity by the kids. Boxes have jump ropes, beach balls, washable sidewalk chalk, velcro mitts and balls, flash cards and more!
And the final piece of the grants include incentive prizes for the kids. We will be able to award a new bicycle and helmet to one lucky child at each site. Every day that kids come and eat they get to enter into a drawing for the bike. Children have been very excited about this drawing!
Sites, dates and times where we are running the USDA program are:
5-31 to 7-1 Bazine Grade School 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Burlington Rec Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-23 to 8-19 Cimarron Public Library 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and snacks from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
5-23 to 8-23 Dighton United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Downs Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-13 to 8-5 Ellsworth Priesker Park 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-29 to 8-19 Eureka Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 om
5-31 to 7-26 Fort Scott Keyhole 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Fort Scott My Father’s House 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Fort Scott Senior Center 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm
6-6 to 7-29 Girard Public Library 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-29 Gridley Public Library 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Haviland Swimming Pool 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-6 to 7-1 Howard Housing Office 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12 Junction City Dorothy Bramlage Library 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12 Junction City Heritage Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 8-12 Junction City 5th Street Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31- to 8-12 Junction City Regency Mobile Home Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
6-27 to 8-12 Junction City Washington Elementary 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
8-1 to 8-12 Junction City 12th Street Community Center 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 7-29 LaCrosse 60+ Building 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 7-29 LeRoy Library 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
5-31 to 7-29 Marion Sports and Aquatic Center snacks from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm
5-31 to 7-28 McCracken United Methodist Church (TWR only) 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
5-31 to 7-1 Ness City Courthouse Lawn 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-23 to 8-4 Norton Public Library (MTWR only) 10:30 am to 11:30 am and snacks 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5-23 to 7-1 Ransom Mennonite Church (MWF only) 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
6-1 to 7-1 Tescott United Methodist Church 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Russ Binney Park 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses RJK Rentals 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
5-31 to 6-29 Ulysses Bedrock Mobile Home Park 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm