The Food Security Working Group, a committee of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, will be offering the Summer Outreach Lunch Program for children again this year. The Salvation Army, Kawartha Lakes Food Source and the HKPR District Health Unit, as part of the committee, are partnering on this project.
If it takes a village to raise a child, a town can also come together to help feed kids through the summer month as sometimes kids just need a little bit more.
This is what’s happened in Lindsay this year, where an innovative Summer Outreach Lunch Program pilot, providing healthy bagged lunches to children, was launched.
It was brought to the attention of the Food Security Working Group of Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition that some students in Lindsay get anxious and sad during the summer months about not having enough to eat, especially without school lunch and snack programs in place.
It was a great start to the Summer Outreach Lunch Program yesterday, although even higher numbers are expected once the word gets out about available free lunches for kids.
Nearly 20 elementary age school kids showed up at one of the four locations involved in the pilot. Free lunches are served between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, Queen Victoria School, Housing Help (Lindsay and Glenelg streets), and Kawartha Lakes Food Source on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer break.