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The Salvation Army asks the community to support summer meals program for area kids

The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch

Last week eager students ran through the school doors for 3 months of freedom from homework, classrooms and study routines. It is a bittersweet time for children as they say goodbye to friends and hello to the freedom of summer that they so love. However, for many parents, it is a stressful time. They now begin to add the additional expense of breakfast and lunch previously provided by school, which often means choosing to pay rent or feed their children. This is where The Salvation Army of Livingston County comes in helping families meet this basic need and support healthy children through the Summer Lunch Bunch meal program.

The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch program serves area families at 6 full service sites for 10 weeks, opening June 19th.  The program provides a free served meal and a nutritionally balanced pantry food pack including a week’s worth of lunches to take home. There is no income requirement and no waiting list, as all families will be served. Each week at the full service sites there will also be planned activities, including educational programs, crafts and games.  Continued this year, families are also invited to participate in field trips and off site activities, including the popular trip to a local farm where children learn about fresh produce, how it’s grown, where it comes from and much more!

Last summer, The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch meal program provided over 36,000 meals in just 10 weeks, an increase of over 10,000 meals from the previous year.
As the program develops each year, the number of families and meals also grow, along with the expense of the program.

The program is supported through monetary donations, United Way support, in-kind donations and USDA grants, however to date; the program is still in need of donations.  The Salvation Army is reaching out to the community to request support for this much-needed program.

Did you know?
Only $250 will provide: 78 served meals, enough for 2 children through the entire program
Only $500 will provide: 758 pounds of canned food

Support for The Salvation Army’s summer meal program can be sent to P.O. Box 647, Howell, MI 48844, dropped off at our 503 Lake Street, Howell corps office or donated online www.SalvationArmyLivingston.org. To volunteer, help with education/awareness, or obtain more information contact Darlene Howard at 517-546-4750 ext 347 or Darlene_Howard@Usc.SalvationArmy.org

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