MASON CITY, IA – Mason City School’s Summer Food Service Program kicked off Monday, June 16 at Shelter 4 in East Park, Mason City.
After one week of the summer feeding program, more than 450 children up to the age of 18 received free lunches. Adults can also eat these lunches at the low cost of $3.50.
The Summer Food Service Program runs Monday through Friday until July 11th, excluding July 4th for Independence Day. Each day has a fun theme for kids to enjoy activities after lunch.
Participants enjoyed learning about nutrition with Cerro Gordo Department of Public Health on Monday, Playing sports with Super Target employees on Tuesday, experimenting with fizzy explosions on Wednesday, Reading with the RSVP reading buddies and volunteers on Thursday, and receiving free goodies to take home on Friday. Be sure to check back every day to see what fun new thing we have planned.
“I think this is great program and beneficial for kids and families. I am glad people are taking advantage of it and participating in it,” Said Hal Minear, Assistant Super Intendant to Mason City Schools. “We are thankful for the support of volunteers and United Way. It’s really a community project.”
If you’re interested in helping with the activities at the summer feeding program, UWNCI is currently recruiting volunteers. Volunteers may contact Loni Dirksen via email, email@example.com or by phone, 641-423-1774 to sign up.
The Summer Food Service program is funded by the USDA every year to provide children ages 0-18 a free, healthy, hot lunch Monday through Friday while school is out for the year. Food is freshly cooked at Mason City High School’s cafeteria kitchen and delivered by Mason City School’s staff to Shelter #4 in East Park.