The Summer Lunch Program in Lakota has been around for close to 10 years now and started as a ministry of local churches in partnership with the BC Success liaisons who work with struggling families at our schools. Now the program is in the second year of partnership with the Lakota Child Nutrition “Food Bus” which brings lunch, Monday through Friday, to low-income children who live in 6 local neighborhoods, plus a 7th site at Liberty Junior School. The nutritious lunches are served by the Nutrition staff and sponsored by a USDA grant. The Faith Alliance is blessed to have this partnership with the Child Nutrition Department because now our volunteers can pour themselves into mentoring these young children and doing fun activities. We are also blessed to have more community partners than ever including Lakota Schools, Mission Possible, the Lunch of Love volunteers and many other concerned citizens, churches and businesses.
Sun Shelters and Picnic Tables
Due to our caring churches and community, we have received about $1500 in donations to put toward new sun shelters and picnic tables at any of the 6 outdoor lunch sites whose management approves the project! Thanks to all the donors and volunteers who have come forward to help these kids eat, read and do activities in a more comfortable, shaded setting! Thanks also to Bobbie Turner, Mercy Dreier, and Noelle D’Arcy Wilson, volunteers who are spear-heading these projects at the first three sites.
One of the fun activities offered recently was a Book Fair, led by Denise Chambers, Faith Alliance Literacy Advocate. The first one was held at Meadow Ridge Apartments lunch site this week where 400 books were given out to almost 70 children! We were thrilled with the outcome. More Book Fairs are planned at some of the other Summer Lunch sites too. Some of our other volunteer groups read books, play wiffle ball with the kids, do VBS activities or arrange for Fire and Police visits, etc. The activities are all added enrichment to these children’s lives. If YOU would like to volunteer at one of these Summer Lunch sites please go to the SignUp Genius link below (Princeton Village especially has many openings). There will always be a supervisor there helping direct those of you who are new to this ministry.
Besides the USDA, sponsors of the Summer Lunch Program include: The Cincinnati Presbytery, The Caring Community Collaborative (C3), The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, The Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty, Walmart, our churches and private donors.
Denise Chambers ran the free Book Fair this week Denise Chambers and AJ Barkley set up the
at Meadow Ridge Apartments. Book Fair at Meadow Ridge.