Wow! What an incredible summer! We want to first and foremost thank all volunteers for their donations of time, money, and effort. We can confidently say this summer was a success because of you. We met our financial goals for the year, but continue to accept donations for next year, which will help give us a jump-start to next summer’s program. We look forward to continuing to serve the Decorah community.
The students and families who found their way to our program genuinely needed it. There was a solid group of children who used the program every single day of the week, every week of the summer. What a blessing for those who may not only suffer from food scarcity, but lack of other basic necessities as well.
There is also the peace of mind that this offered to many families. Many parents sent their children on bikes or walking, knowing they were getting a balanced meal while they were away at work. Others sent their summer nanny with their little ones which relieved the stress of families trusting teenagers to cook in the kitchen. One mom brought her two kids every day for the second half of the summer, knowing we would have gluten-free lunches. A grandma brought her four grandkids every day after swimming, commenting how hard it is to feed four kiddos on a fixed retirement budget. These stories are the stories that make this program worth it.
This summer, we served a total of 1,341 lunches. This averaged out to 28 lunches per day. We served daily from John Cline Elementary, as well as Freeport Park. We also served Crossroads summer school program. We utilized a total of 192 volunteer spots at Decorah Congregational UCC, Good Shepherd, and John Cline distribution site.
We are thankful for the many churches and individuals that donated, as well as John Cline Elementary for building use, Rockweiler for use of a refrigerator, and Sogo Snacks led by Dan Bellrichard, who donated beef bites to be served twice a week for the entire summer.
Thanks for all you do, Decorah! To Lunch Club!
Kids Lunch Club Team