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A previous year's summer outreach lunch program. This year, organizers hope to give even more free lunches away in the community.

Children’s summer outreach lunch program is back at King Albert, Queen Victoria

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A previous year's summer outreach lunch program. This year, organizers hope to give even more free lunches away in the community.

Last year, 328 free lunches were given out to elementary kids in Lindsay through Kawartha Lakes Food Source and its partners’ summer lunch program – but they’re hoping to reach even more children this year.

From June 16 to Aug. 20, the school lunch program will be distributing lunches at King Albert Public School from (11 a.m. to Noon) and at Queen Victoria Public School (12:30-1:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays and Fridays, two of Lindsay’s more economically challenged catchment areas.

Megan Brohm, summer outreach lunch program coordinator for Food Source, says although these two schools are their distribution points, any elementary-aged child is invited to pick up a lunch, no questions asked.

“There is no registration required. Our bagged lunches are free and healthy, consisting of a sandwich/wrap, fruits and veggies, cheese or yogurt, and a healthy treat,” Brohm says.

Social distancing and further COVID safety protocols will be followed on site, and if a child is sick, it is expected that someone will pick up a lunch on their behalf.

This is a collaborative program between Kawartha Lakes Food Source, the Salvation Army Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

For further information or to donate to the summer outreach lunch program, contact Food Source at (705) 324-0707 or the Salvation Army Lindsay at (705) 878-5331 ext 2.

Brohm says last year, 520 lunches were prepared. When only 328 of them were claimed by neighbourhood kids throughout the summer, the remainder were delivered to A Place Called Home.

Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also on the communications team of the Basic Income Canada Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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