DORSET - Increasing numbers of local children receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch through federally funded school programs. The need for nutritious food for these children does not go away when school ends. For the past seven years the community has chosen to provide healthy lunch items to these children over the summer months. In the towns of the Northshire, the number of students eligible for free and reduced meals has increased every year. Coupled with rising food prices this has created an alarming trend of inadequate nutrition for the children of the surrounding towns. Good nutrition is important in changing the cycle of poor performance in school for a child. In addition, hunger results in children being more prone to illness. Nobody wants to imagine a child being concerned about food, but the reality exists right here in the community.
While the Kids Summer Lunch makes every effort to keep costs as low as possible, donations are not keeping pace with the need. The proceeds from the annual fundraiser, Walk to Feed the Children, and donations have not met the costs this summer. Six years ago 57 kids were served. This year the total is approaching 200, with new requests coming in each week. Every penny raised goes directly to purchase food. Every hour of administrative, purchasing and distribution work is done by over 25 volunteers. To feed a child for a week, the cost is $12.50; $125 feeds a child for the summer; $1,250 would feed 10 children for the entire summer.
Kids Summer Lunch asks the public for assistance in their effort.
Those who wish to make a donation should make their check out to Kids Summer Lunch/The Interfaith Council, and send it to Kids Summer Lunch, c/o United Church of Dorset, PO Box 263, Dorset, VT 05251. For more information, contact famallen4@ comcast.net.