The Salvation Army seeks community and corporate support for their ‘Summer Lunch Bunch’ program
Support Needed to Provide Summer Meals
The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch
In a month eager students will run through the school doors for 3 months of freedom from homework, classrooms and study routines; looking forward to the summer time fun that they so love. It’s a bittersweet time for children as they say goodbye to friends and hello to the freedom of summer. But for many parents, it’s the stressful time for them to worry about their food budget.
The Salvation Army of Livingston County and The Livingston County Hunger Council work together to fight food insecurity and help families meet this basic need and support healthy children through the Summer Lunch Bunch meal program.
The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch program serves area families at 9 full service sites for 10 weeks, opening June 13th. The program provides a free served meal and a nutritionally balanced pantry food pack including a week’s worth of lunches to take home. There is no income requirement and no waiting list, as all families will be served. Each week at the full service sites there will also be planned activities, including educational programs, crafts and games. New this year, families are also invited to 10 field trips and off site activities, some including the area farmers markets and farms to teach the children about fresh produce, how it’s grown, where it comes from and much more!
Last summer, The Salvation Army’s Summer Lunch Bunch meal program provided over 20,000 meals in just 10 weeks, an increase of over 53% from the previous year.
As the program grows each year, the number of families and meals also grow, along with the expense of the program. In 2016, The Salvation Army expects to serve over 35,000 meals in just 12 weeks, a 75% increase from last summer.
The program is supported through monetary donations, United Way support, in-kind donations and USDA grants, however to date; the program is still in need of approximately $10,000. The Salvation Army is reaching out to the community to request support for this much needed program.
The Salvation Army is seeking corporate sponsors of $1000 to help ensure the program will be successful. Any $1000 plus sponsors will be recognized at the kick off events, as well as at the Annual Dinner. Additional support is also requested in any amount.
Did you know?
Only $350 will provide: 88 served meals, enough for 2 children through the entire program
Only $500 will provide: 758 pounds of canned food
Support for The Salvation Army’s summer meal program can be sent to P.O. Box 647, Howell, MI 48844, dropped off at our 503 Lake Street, Howell corps office or donated online www.SalvationArmyLivingston.org. To volunteer, help with education/awareness, or obtain more information contact Liz at 517-546-4750 ext 347 or Liz_Welch@Usc.SalvationArmy.org