Did you know that about 25% of the Decorah Community School District is on free and reduced lunch? Food needs are present for families in the Decorah region. Whether its due to economic means or simply busy summer schedules, a community-driven program called “Kids Lunch Club” has served Decorah families for three summers and is returning again for its fourth summer. The program serves free grab-and-go lunches to any child. The program will run every weekday starting June 10. Children can pick up one free lunch per day at John Cline Elementary from 12-12:30 p.m. or at Freeport Park from 12:45-1 p.m. No registration is taken for participation. Meals include fresh fruits and vegetables, snacks, and protein sources.
Thanks to the generous support of the Decorah community, the Kids Lunch Club initiative served 4,122 lunches over its first three summers. This collaborative program is run entirely through local monetary donations from faith communities, businesses, and individuals. Volunteers pack lunches based on a rotating menu. Additional volunteers help with distribution of meals. For additional information, to donate, or to volunteer, visit www.kidslunchclub.org.