About the Program

It is estimated that up to 150 kids – just in Decorah – go without adequate access to meals during the summer months.  During the school year, students have access to lunch at school, but during the break, many kids and families struggle.  So as a community, we’ve mobilized volunteers to pack and serve lunches to make sure that kids in our community have meal opportunities during the the summer. Please help us by telling others about Kids Lunch Club, by volunteering, or by making a donation to the program.

Stay tuned for more specific details about serving times and beginning dates for summer 2018!

Please join us in making this program possible.

This is truly a collaborative program powered by our community.  Representatives from the faith community, school district, city, nonprofit and business community have all come together to create the Kids Lunch Club.  We need your help, too!

Thank you for supporting this amazing possibility.  If you have questions feel free to email or call 563-382-2661.

lunches served to date

volunteers

lbs of bananas!

When

Monday through Friday lunches are available to for kids to swing by and pick one up from:

12:00-12:30 pm at John Cline Elementary

12:45-1:00 pm at the Freeport Park

Where

Kids pick up their lunch from John Cline Elementary, entering the classroom from the playground side of the building.  The school itself is not open, so look for the signs pointing towards the right door. The distribution in Freeport will be located in the park under the shelter.

Cost

Lunches are provided at no cost to the kids.

FAQs

Can a child bring home lunches for their siblings or neighbors?

No.  Each child in need of a lunch must come by the school to pick their lunch up.

Who is staffing and volunteering this program?

Kathryn Thompson (Mrs. Thompson to her students at Decorah High School) is the Central Coordinator and is on site during the distribution of lunches.  She oversees volunteers, who come from all over the community.

Can I, as a parent, volunteer to help?

There are different ways to volunteer, head over to this part of the site to learn more.  Please know that there is no childcare during any of the volunteer hours.

Can my child volunteer to help?

People must be at least 18 years old or older to volunteer for lunch distribution.

Lunch Makers must be 16 years old to attend by themselves.

Lunch Makers under 16 should have one adult for every child. Children under 16 should not sign up separately, only the adult should register to volunteer.

Children along with their adult will be asked to participate in the packing. No babysitting is provided. Please use your discretion on a minimum age (if your child wouldn’t help pack lunches at home, or if they have trouble focusing for one hour, they should not attend).

Volunteers pack the lunches twice during the week, and additional volunteers help with lunch distribution at two sites.

Check back here in May to sign up to volunteer.

 

Lunch Packing Volunteers

These volunteers make sandwiches, prepare fruit, cut up vegetables, portion out trail mix, and all the other essential tasks to packing up a delicious and healthy lunch for kids.  A leader will be on site to introduce volunteers to the menu and how to properly prepare the lunches.  There are two different times volunteers are needed to pack lunches each week, each requiring six volunteers.

Check back here in May to see dates and times volunteers are needed.

Lunch Makers must be 14 years old to attend by themselves.

Lunch Makers under 14 should have one adult for every child. Children under 16 should not sign up separately, only the adult should register to volunteer.

Children will be asked to participate in the packing. No babysitting is provided. Please use your discretion on a minimum age (if your child wouldn’t help pack lunches at home, or if they have trouble focusing for one hour, they should not attend).

Lunch making example duties: sandwich making, cutting veggies, washing fruit, portioning snacks into bags, stuffing bags, etc.

 

Distribution Volunteers

These volunteers ensure that kids are welcomed in and easily find a lunch.  They also help kids choose additional items for breakfast the next morning.  A leader will be at the distribution site to help orient volunteers to their role each day.  Two volunteers are needed per day, Monday through Friday, one that distributes at John Cline only, and another that travels to Freeport with summer coordinator.

Distribution volunteers must be at least 18 years old or older to volunteer for lunch distribution. For anonymity purposes, no person under 18 should be present for distribution.

John Cline + Freeport Volunteer

The John Cline + Freeport Distribution Volunteer meets at John Cline Elementary at 11:55 am and distributes lunches until 12:30 pm.  Distribution at John Cline is located at the door closest to the tennis court and playground.  The door faces west toward the city softball courts.

At 12:30 pm, this volunteer travels with the summer coordinator to Freeport to distribute lunches there from 12:45-1:00 pm. Distribution occurs at the Freeport Park under the shelter.

This volunteer then returns to Decorah (wherever their car is parked) around 1:15 pm.

John Cline Volunteer

The John Cline Distribution Volunteer meets at John Cline Elementary School at 11:55 am and helps to distribute lunches until 12:30 pm. Serving is from the side door closest to the tennis courts and playground – facing West toward the city softball diamond.

Check back here in May to sign up to volunteer.

 

FAQS

Can my child volunteer to help?

People must be at least 18 years old or older to volunteer for lunch distribution.

Lunch Makers must be 14 years old to attend by themselves.

Lunch Makers under 14 should have one adult for every child. Children under 16 should not sign up separately, only the adult should register to volunteer.

Children will be asked to participate in the packing. No babysitting is provided. Please use your discretion on a minimum age (if your child wouldn’t help pack lunches at home, or if they have trouble focusing for one hour, they should not attend).

How do I sign up?

A link above here that will take you to SignUp where you can sign up.  SignUp will ask you for your name and email address.  Providing that will help us contact you later if needed and it also allows the program to remind you that you’ve signed up, so you don’t forget.

Do I need to sign up? Can I just show up to help?

Please sign up.  Signing up helps us make sure we have enough people to run this project smoothly and it helps ensure that volunteers are well utilized when they come to help (too many volunteers at once can lead to people standing around or feeling under utilized).

I’m not good with technology.  Can someone help me sign up?

Absolutely.  Call Decorah UCC’s office and they’ll get you signed up.  The phone for the office is 563-382-2661.

Your monetary donations will support the $8000 needed for the purchasing of food and supplies.  We request financial donations rather than food or supplies because of regulations.

You can give by sending a check made out to Decorah UCC and sending it to 209 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 470, Decorah IA 52101.  Please put “Kids Lunch Club” in the memo line.  Or you can donate online with your credit card, debit card, or paypal account via the link below.

Thank you for supporting this amazing possibility.  If you have questions feel free to email kidslunchclub@gmail.com or call 563-382-2661.