Summer Meals for Kids!
What is it?
More than 170,000 students receive free or reduced price school meals in Gleaners’ service area alone. These youth often rely on school meals as their only source of quality nutrition. When school is out for the summer, many of them are forced to go hungry.
Gleaners believes that all children should be able to eat well and grow strong when school is out. Summer Meals for Kids makes that possible by providing kids with the nutrition they need to lead healthy, active lives all summer long.
Who we serve
Summer Meals for Kids provides free lunches to youth age 18 and under at sites in high-need rural communities. There is no registration or documentation required. If you come to a site and you are 18 or under, you can eat free!
We work closely with community partners and local volunteers to provide fun, safe environments where all children will feel comfortable grabbing a bite with their friends.
Gleaners piloted its first summer feeding program in 2012. We served more than 14,000 free lunches to youth age 18 and under at nine sites in three counties. In 2012, approximately 57% of surveyed families that participated in the Summer Meals for Kids program reported that they were unsure whether they would have enough food to feed their family during the summer. 83% of those same families said that the Summer Meals for Kids program helped to decrease their overall summer food expenses.
In the program’s first year, we were able to move many families toward greater food security during the summer months. However, too many hungry Hoosier children still lack access to adequate food assistance during the summer. Gleaners will continue to work to ensure all children in need are fed. Until Every Bowl is Filled.
2014 Site Locations
Locations are still being determined for Summer of 2014. Stay tuned for updates.
Please contact Eddie Oliver, Child Hunger Corps member, at 317-925-0191 x122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Servings Program - Marion County
Between fun summer activities like swimming, kickball and playing with friends, kids work up a large appetite and Summer Servings is here to help! Summer Servings is a fun and nutritious meal program for hungry children age 18 and under. During the summer months, children can gather at one of the hundreds of various locations around Marion County during the weekdays and experience a nutritious meal in a safe atmosphere that is convenient for them.
What's For Lunch - Boone County
School vacation can be a hungry time for children who receive free/reduced lunches during the school year. The Lebanon Community of Shalom is addressing this need during summer and other school vacation times. A variety of church and community organizations have volunteered to supply the food and labor to supply sack lunches for hungry children in Boone County.