Share’s Summer Meals 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. From June 24 to August 9, Share’s Summer Meals program will provide free meals for hundreds of kids at 20 locations throughout Clark County.
“Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. Share’s Summer Meals program provides free meals to all children ages 18 and under so that they can get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school,” said Becci Read-Ryan, Share’s Hunger Response Assistant Director.
“Our Summer Meals program would not be able to operate without the generosity of dozens of volunteers who prepare meals, host meal sites and deliver the meals to each location,” said Molly Evjen, Director of Volunteers and Community Resources. “Of particular challenge for us this year is recruiting enough volunteers to deliver meals. We are truly hoping that our call for help will inspire community members to volunteer just a few hours of their time each week to help provide children with free, nutritious meals.”
Share is specifically in need of volunteers to deliver meals to each site location and return the coolers back to Covington (Monday to Friday only; lunch at all locations, breakfast also provided at some locations). A complete list of volunteer opportunities is available at Share Vancouver. To sign-up, please e-mail [email protected] or call (360) 952-8228. All volunteers are required to complete Share’s Volunteer Application, which includes a background check. The Volunteer Application can be completed online.
This year’s program will serve meals at 20 locations, including apartment complexes, local schools, Police Activities League (PAL) camps, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation camps, as well as local churches and community partners.
A complete schedule of dates and times during which meals will be served at all locations is available at Share Summer Meals Program. All the locations are open sites and all children age 18 and under are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal even if they are not enrolled in the program.
June through August, families can call the Family Food Hotline 1-866-348-6479 or text ‘Food’ or ‘Comida’ to 877-877 to receive up-to-date information about locations for free lunches for kids across the state.