KAWARTHA LAKES-As kids look forward to summer holidays the time away from school often bring anxiety surrounding food insecurity, leaving children burdened with the worry of not having enough to eat according to Kawartha Lakes Food Source.
Many families in our community rely on school-run lunch programs. Since 2018, the Summer Outreach Lunch Program has prepared and distributed thousands of healthy bagged lunches to elementary-aged children in the Kawartha Lakes.
This summer, 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.
Last year the coalition produced 690 lunches—453 distributed to children and the remainder to A Place Called Home (125) and BGC (112)—and they are hoping to reach even more children this season.
From July 6th to August 26th, we 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 our distribution points, any elementary-aged child is invited to pick up a lunch, no questions asked. Our 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.
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 EXT 2.