Learning, Faith and Healing Work to Relieve Youth Hunger this Summer

After members of the wellness committee at USD 270 attended various workshops and learned about summer food programs, they decided to come up with a plan to start a summer lunch program in Plainville.

Reisa Rudman, Wellness Committee Chair at USD 270, helped put together a program to address the serious need for a nutrition support for young people during the summer. The program is run entirely by volunteers and is not a school district function.

Rudman asked the Plainville Memorial Library if they would consider hosting the lunch program and the library staff immediately offered to help. The ministerial alliance was approached about providing two meals a week for two weeks throughout the summer. Many churches signed up to offer meals of their choice during those weeks.  Rooks County Health Center then stepped up to help fill any weeks not covered by the churches. With all the help, every week throughout the summer was covered.

In this manner three community mainstays, school, church and hospital all answered the call to provide a much needed service to the community. The number of meals served ranged from 12 to 50, depending on the day

Lunches are offered for ages Kindergarten through 12th grade.  These are free meals served on every Monday and Thursday from 11:00-1:00 at the Plainville Memorial Library.  The program runs until August 15.


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