Summer Meals Program
Got hungry kids?
In our area, 45-67 percent of students receive free or reduced lunch during the school year. This program is a huge help to parents who are struggling to make ends meet. The Food Shelf at Neighbors always sees increased use in the summer when the kids are not getting fed in school.
The Summer Meal Program is one way to help meet this need! Kids can get free breakfast and lunch in the school settings where they are already comfortable. Many of the sites in our area are considered “open sites,” meaning that it doesn’t matter if you even attend school at that location. If you are 18 years old or younger, you can come eat. A complete list of school times and locations in our area can be found here in English and Spanish.
The Summer Meals Program is a partnership between the USDA, ISD #197, Special District #6 and Neighbors. The USDA provides the food, the schools provide an expert cafeteria staff person at each site, and Neighbors provides volunteers!
Want to volunteer?
Love working with kids? Passionate about hunger relief? Just need to get out of the house this summer? Help with Neighbors’ Summer Meal Program! Volunteers are needed to serve meals, wash down tables and help with food prep for breakfast and lunch shifts at the following schools. Each school will have a skilled and friendly cafeteria staff worker to train you on whatever task they need help with. It’s easy and fun!
Your school or workplace can adopt a school for a week, or you can just pick shifts as they fit your schedule. This is a great opportunity to spend time with a grandchild, work with a friend, or assemble a team of coworkers to do a team-building project. Or just volunteer on your own—some of the schools need just one person to help—you could be the one to make a difference!
Youth aged 14 and up may volunteer without an adult accompanying them (but will need to have a completed parent/guardian permission form on file with Neighbors—the sign-up form below will include that if you need it). Children aged 8-13 may volunteer with a parent or guardian accompanying them.
A quick note on dress code: the schools require that volunteers wear closed-toed shoes and hair restraints. Volunteers may bring their own hat to wear, or the school will provide hairnets.
We are using a new sign-up website this year and are still working out the kinks. If you have any trouble or questions, please let us know so we can address them. If you are a current Neighbors, Inc. volunteer, please click here to log into our portal to view the schedule.
If you are new or haven’t volunteered for a while, please click here to complete our Volunteer Service Form. If you are a group leader, make sure to select the group option on the form. Once your form is submitted, you will be ready to view openings and sign up for shifts.
If you have any questions, or just don’t want to deal with all of that, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott directly. He will find and book the shifts you want, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-272-1136.