OSAGE CITY—Children have a place to go over the summer that will include free activities, trips and now meals.
The Osage City Public Library is teaming up with Harvesters to offer a summer meals program of free shelf life food for lunch. The meals will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning June 1.
“We really believe there’s a need for that in Osage City, and for us being centrally located, it’s easy walking distance for almost everybody,” said Jeanette Stromgren, librarian.
“It’s a place where kids can meet and eat,” said Angela Jeppesen, Youth Services Manager, Harvesters.
“They can come and get a meal, but also stay to play on a computer, read a book, play a game or participate in one of the many programs going on,” said Stromgren.
Programs will be held after lunch Wednesdays and Fridays, and field trips will be held on specified Tuesdays. A calendar will be available at the library.
There are no eligibility requirements for the meals.
“This has nothing to do with how much you make or anything like that,” said Jeppesen. “This is a matter of feeding kids during the summer time.
“The average family spends $300 extra each month in the summer time on food,” said Jeppesen. “That goes up much higher when you start putting fast food in there.”
Jeppesen and Stromgren agree, this could be a healthy alternative in the summer.
“We want to put an emphasis on eating nutritiously in the summer time,” said Jeppesen. “When school is out, kids think nutritious eating is out too.”
“We’re hoping to get fresh vegetables and fruit to go along with the meals too,” said Stromgren.
“It’s a natural place for kids to go in the summer time,” said Jeppesen.
Stromgren said the Library is looking for help from organizations and individuals for serving the meals.
“If they could commit maybe an hour and a half, and it wouldn’t have to be every day,” said Stromgren. “We can gladly utilize the help.”
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Stromgren at (785) 528-3727.
To view a list of other participating locations, visit kn-eat.org, Summer Food Service Program.