For too many kids in Boone County, the only meals they eat during the day are the ones their schools provide for them. But what happens when school isn’t in session? What do kids eat during Fall, Christmas, and Spring breaks? What do they do in the summer time?
Those are the questions we wondered and the answers did not sit well with us. What food many of our county’s children do eat during their breaks are sugar-filled and unhealthy snacks. That’s not good enough for our county’s children.
So Shalom took a leap and started the Kids’ Lunch Program. During school breaks, volunteers are sent throughout the county to deliver sack lunches to families with children. These sacks contain enough food for a week’s worth of lunches. This is no small endeavor as we weekly pack and ship hundreds of meals throughout the county. As our program has grown and as we strive to provide fresh, healthy food (our newest initiative provides milk vouchers for families!), our costs have continued to rise. This program alone costs between $3,000-$5,000 a week. Donations from churches, individuals, and local business have been instrumental in helping make this program thrive. Volunteers from throughout the county donate food, money, and their time to pack and distribute meals.
We do all of this, along with serving two weekly meals at the Shalom House, with only 1 part-time paid staff member. That means we couldn’t do it with Y-O-U! So we say: THANK YOU! Thank you for your donations, for your time, and for your support. With your help, “natural needs are [being] satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed.” With your help and continued involvement, shalom is being spread! Click here to see upcoming distribution dates, times and locations. Click below for locations and times for our next distribution. SKSL.poster.spring.17