In 2020, our Summer Meals program adapted to serve free meals to kids in our community in a safe and socially-distanced way. Despite concerns and delays in the planning process, the program began on time, operated for a full eight weeks and served 16,167 free meals.
We utilized the USDA waiver that allowed children to take their meals with them instead of needing to stay on-site to eat. And while numerous volunteers and community partners were integral to the daily operations, we were tremendously grateful to St. Joseph Catholic Church who stepped up to offer Marian Hall and its commercial kitchen as the home base for our program.
Through Share’s Summer Meals program, all children and teens 18 and under are welcome. No paperwork is required, and we do not collect personal information. Children must be present to receive a meal.
Food is incredibly important for a developing child or teen, and yet over 20,000 children in Clark County are considered food insecure (they do not know when or where their next meal is coming from). Research shows that receiving free or reduced-price meals reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health in children. Summer Meals is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve free healthy meals to children & teens when school is not in session. The goal of the program is to give all children 18 and under access to nutritious meals in low-income areas while they do not have access to free/reduced school meals.
For more information, please contact Becci Read-Ryan at email@example.com or 360-553-8064.
In 2020, Share partnered with Evergreen Public Schools, Vancouver Public Schools, as well as multiple faith-based communities and local apartment complexes to provide this comprehensive map of free meals in Clark County. We are extremely grateful for their participation and commitment to helping feed children in our community. All children 18 & under are welcome at any site. To find the site closest to you, you can also text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.