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Summer Lunch Program Starts Early This Year Due To School Closures

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Summer Outreach Lunch Program has prepared and distributed hundreds of healthy bagged lunches to elementary-aged children in the Kawartha Lakes since its inception in 2018. Many families in our community rely on school-run programs, the summer months often bring anxiety surrounding food security, leaving children burdened with the worry of not having enough to eat. 

Through the collaboration of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, The Salvation Army Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, this program is providing lunch to any elementary-aged child who would like one this summer. Last year, we produced 520 lunches—328 distributed to children and the remainder to A Place Called Home—and this year they are hoping to reach even more children.

From June 16th to August 20th, they will be distributing lunches at King Albert Public School (49 Glenelg St. Lindsay) from 11am-12pm and Queen Victoria Public School (11 John St. Lindsay) from 12:30-1:30pm every Wednesday and Friday. Although these two schools are the distribution points, any elementary-aged child is invited to pick up a lunch, no questions asked. Meals are free and healthy, consisting of a sandwich/wrap, fruits and veggies, cheese or yogurt, and a healthy baked treat. No registration is required: children and/or guardians can simply drop by the school to pick up a bagged lunch. Social distancing and further COVID safety protocols will be followed on site, and if a child is sick, we request that someone pick up a lunch on their behalf.

For further information or to donate to the Summer Outreach Lunch Program, please contact Kawartha Lakes Food Source at (705) 324-0707 or The Salvation Army Lindsay at (705) 878-5331.

 

Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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