Sunday, June 13, 2010

Service Idea- Lunches

 Many people may not realize it, but when schools are out for summer, many children are also without lunch at the same time. The reason is simple. During the school year the children were eligible for free and reduced lunches at school, but in the summer they are not at school and therefore do not receive lunch. There are several government and community initiatives to help provide free lunches in the summer, but sometimes they need a little extra help, especially considering the greater need currently for these programs.

This last week in my local paper, there was an article for a food drive happening next week to collect food to serve for lunches in the summer and also to help restock the food banks. Perhaps think about taking stock of your pantry this week to see if there is anything you can give away. Then look around for local organizations that may need food to provide lunches to children (local church ministries are a good source), or just donate to a local food bank.

Please remember that this is a service idea, and is not meant to be a forum for a debate on free lunches, government assistance, or anything of the sort. Thanks!
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