223 free lunches distributed so far: Summer Outreach Lunch Program

Any elementary age child is welcome to pick up a free lunch

By Lindsay Advocate

The community groups hope to distribute even more lunches in the second half of their program.

As of July 23, 288 lunches were prepared for the Summer Outreach Lunch Program in Lindsay, with 223 free and healthy bagged lunches distributed to children. The remaining 125 were donated to A Place Called Home.

A media release says as the program approaches its halfway point, the coalition of community organizations that operate the Summer Lunch Program is thrilled at the turnout and hopes to distribute even more lunches in the second half of the program.

Lunches will be distributed until Aug. 20 at King Albert Public School (49 Glenelg St., Lindsay) from 11 am to Noon, and at Queen Victoria Public School (11 John St., Lindsay) from 12:30-1:30 pm every Wednesday and Friday. Although these two schools are the distribution points, any elementary-aged child is invited to pick up a lunch, no questions asked.

“Our meals are free and healthy, consisting of a sandwich/wrap, fruits and veggies, cheese or yogurt, and a healthy baked treat. No registration is required: children and/or guardians can simply drop by the school to pick up a bagged lunch. Social distancing and further COVID safety protocols will be followed on site, and if a child is sick, we request that someone pick up a lunch on their behalf,” says the media release.

For further information or to donate to the Summer Outreach Lunch Program, contact Kawartha Lakes Food Source at (705) 324-0707 or The Salvation Army Lindsay at (705) 878-5331 EXT 2.

The four groups responsible for the Summer Outreach Lunch Program are listed below.

Kawartha Lakes Food Source operates from a centralized distribution centre; collects food from reclamation sources; buys food in bulk; sorts and stores food; promotes awareness of hunger and its impact; and coordinates fundraising. They provide food to member organizations on a monthly “fair share” basis.

The Salvation Army Lindsay is a Christian organization that gives hope and support to vulnerable people throughout Canada and the world. The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs, and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. The Salvation Army in Lindsay offers a food bank including a Christmas Food Hamper, an emergency voucher program for clothing, household goods and furniture, and a voicemail program for individuals without phone access.

Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition is a community-based collaboration representing individuals, organizations, and stakeholders interested in the food system from production, processing and distribution through to consumption.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit works with residents of Northumberland and Haliburton counties and the City of Kawartha Lakes to prevent illness, protect against disease, and promote healthy lifestyles. Their staff of health professionals work together to provide programs, services, and resources designed to create healthier communities and healthier residents.

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