On Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 a new Lakota Child Nutrition Food Bus, began serving lunch at several Summer Lunch sites in Lakota. The updated bus is the newest addition to Summer Lunch, a ministry started by local churches and Butler County Success several years ago, which now has developed into a broader partnership between the Faith Alliance, Butler County Success, Lakota Child Nutrition, Mission Possible, and many other concerned church groups, businesses and individuals from the surrounding area.
The Summer Lunch partnership aims to provide lunch Monday through Friday, throughout the summer, to children who rely upon free or reduced school lunch during the school year but may go without in the summer. Currently, Lakota has approximately 20 % of their students or 3,400, who qualify for free and reduced school lunch.
August 9th marked the last day of our 2017 Summer Lunch ministry at 7 local sites around Lakota. With the help of our friends from the Lakota Food Bus, we were able to serve more children than ever this year. 13,533 meals were served with love to on average 271 children per day. That is 24 more children per day compared to last year.
Not just food was served up! Well over 700 volunteers including those from 22 churches, 26 schools, 3 companies and 3 non-profits, showed up to help with lunch, read, mentor and do dozens of fun activities with these children and families through out the summer. After lunch, many churches took the kids on field trips for example, to the zoo, local fire and police stations, as well as provided adult lunches and groceries to take home. This was a record year for numbers of students and numbers of volunteers who have partnered together to make a difference in the lives of low-income, at-risk children and families.
This year we also paid for tables and some sun shelters to be put up at a couple of our lunch sites where there was no place to sit and no shade(See below). Many thanks to our donors and our volunteers who made the shelter and tables for the children!
It truly is unknown how large the impact of your personal service will be on these kids. The one thing you can believe is that all who participated did make an enormous impact through personal relationships and kindness shown to these youth. Many thanks to all the churches, Lakota Schools & Child Nutrition, Butler County Success, the Lunch of Love and Mission Possible for collectively making a difference in the lives of others with this awesome Summer Lunch partnership!
If you would like to find out more about getting involved as a church or individual volunteer with Summer Lunch, please contact Sue Mahlock, at email@example.com.
A collaborative Lakota outreach for several years, Summer Lunch has allowed Church Partners to show God’s love by helping feed low-income children all summer. Due to the Food Bus being added in 2016, volunteers are now able to concentrate on the children with love, attention and activities. The outreach is funded by a variety of sources including: USDA; Caring Community Collaborative, The Rotary Club, The Community Foundation, The Presbytery of Cincinnati, our church partners and private donors.