*PLEASE NOTE - FOR SUMMER MEALS IN OTHER AREAS, GO TO THIS USDA LINK, ENTER YOUR ADDRESS, AND SEE A LIST OF THE NEAREST LOCAL SITES FOR FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS.
Feed Washington donors who support the LWSD project directly enable Pantry Packs to provide weekend food packs to students throughout the school year, however now that the school year has come to a close, summer can be a difficult time for the food insecure students who were being served. So, each summer we like to highlight summer programs who provide free meals for children 18 and under within the communities in the Lake Washington School District.
This year the City of Redmond is offering free summer lunches for kids age 1-18, along with activities, from July 8 - August 23 in the Sunset Gardens Park on NE 95th St and Avondale Rd between 11:30 -12:30, Monday-Friday. Local favorite, Redmond's Family Pancake House, will be providing the food! These meals are provided regardless of income and no paperwork of any kind is required to receive a meal.
UPDATE: FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN BOTHELL IS ALSO OFFERING FREE SUMMER MEALS FROM JULY 6 - AUGUST 30, M-F, 11:30AM - 1PM AT 10207 NE 183RD ST. GET MORE INFORMATION HERE.
Here's the Press Release and Link for the City of Redmond Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens program:
Redmond, WA - Join Redmond for a summer of sun, fun, and lunch!
Community Lunch at Sunset Garden’s Park is a FREE program for kids and teens ages 18 and under that runs July 8th-August 23rd, Monday-Friday from 11:30am-12:30 p.m.
Each day starting at 11:30am we’ll host different activities that include playing team sports, conducting science experiments, participating in active games, creating fun take-home crafts, and visits from special guests. At 12:00pm we’ll serve a healthy and delicious lunch provided by the Family Pancake House and sponsored by USDA. Sunset Gardens Park is located near the intersection of NE 95 Street and Avondale Road NE.
A Note of Thanks from an LWSD School:
Pantry Packs recently shared this wonderful note from one of the LWSD schools they serve. It is our pleasure to pass this along to our donors so that they know the difference their donations are making in the lives of the kids in their community. Pictures, names and specific schools cannot be shared through social media and blog posts due to privacy concerns for the students being served, so notes such as these are very important for us to pass along to you!
A note from one of the schools we serve:
On behalf of our teaching team, a very appreciative thank you for the weekly Pantry Packs all school year. Due to privacy, it is not really possible for the students/families to say thank you, but as the teacher, I know that your efforts are greatly appreciated. Kids are excited to take home the Pantry Packs and parents have expressed gratitude over the year- especially if funds were tight at home.
Thank you for such commitment and to making the process so seamless for our classroom to participate in- your efforts are greatly appreciated by many!!