During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through our local schools. But what happens when school lets out? Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process.
This summer, Share’s SummerSLAM program will provide free meals at 11 locations throughout Clark County. Our program focuses on providing fresh, healthy meals, including fruits and vegetables, so that children in our community do not face hunger during the summer months when school doors are closed.
SummerSLAM will provide free meals at six park locations through the Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Summer Playground Program, including Evergreen Park, Orchards Park, Oakbrook Park, Hearthwood Park, John Ball Park and Jaggy Road Park. The Summer Playground Program is a drop-in program for ages 5-11. Kids make new friends and enjoy lots of fund activities, including games, sports, playground time and crafts. The program has an expected attendance of 80 children at each of the five-day-a-week activities and 30 children per day at each of the other parks.
Pre-registration at the Evergreen Park and Orchards Park locations is required.
Additional meal locations include: Orchards Elementary, Silver Star Elementary, Discovery Middle School, Rise & Stars Center VHA and Fort Vancouver High School. A complete schedule of dates/days and times during which meals will be served at all locations is available at below.
All of the locations are open sites and all children age 18 and under are welcome to come and enjoy a meal even if they are not enrolled in the park program.
Throughout June and August, families can call the Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA to receive up-to-date information about locations for free lunches for kids across the state.
All lunch sites are located at schools or facilities with a greater than 50% rate of free and reduced price lunch enrollment. This program is part of the Summer Food Service Program and is funded by the USDA.
To support our Children’s Hunger Initiative, contact: Becky Parker, Hunger Response Assistant Director, at (360) 952-8221 or email@example.com.
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