Changes to Summer Lunch Increase Service and Volunteer Opportunities
Some new and exciting changes happened in 2016 with the expansion of Summer Lunch. In collaboration with the Lakota Child Nutrition Department, Lakota Schools, Mission Possible and Butler County Success lunch will be served to low-income children by using School Buses converted into Food Buses! Lunch is served 7 Sites including Meadowridge Apartments, Gettysburg Mobile Home Community, Lakota Lakes Apartments, Deer Run Apartments, Liberty Junior School plus 2 new sites: Princeton Village Mobile Home Community and Countryside Mobile Home Community. In 2016, approximately 15,000 lunches were served to several hundred at-risk children, with more than 500 volunteers from 23 churches, several schools and businesses giving love and attention to the kids.
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; Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, church partners and private donors.