Well, there are many children in the Iron County Michigan Schools that do. During the week a meal is provided for them by the school, however, what about weekends?
Locker Lunch is a program, patterned after the Feeding America BackPack Program, which provides food for school age children during the weekend. For many children their last full meal is the school lunch provided at Friday Noon. They have very little or nothing until Monday morning breakfast at the school. Locker Lunch strives to address this problem and provide lunch bags for these children, because no child should go to bed hungry.
We started Locker Lunch in October of 2011 serving 33 children at the West Iron Elementary school in Iron River, Michigan. The following school year, 2012-2013, we served 41 students in the West Iron Elementary and Middle School. Our goal from the inception of this program was to feed all of the children in need in Iron County and in January of 2013 we expanded to the Forest Park School District in Crystal Falls, Michigan, where we served an additional 21 children. The school year beginning September 2014, we are serving all of Iron County currently 114 kids.
If you have any suggestions for Locker Lunch, please feel free to contact us we are always looking for ways to improve.
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We survive solely on donations and grants. It costs between $5.00-$6.00 per bag, per child. Each week we provide 2 breakfasts, several lunch and snack items, and warm microwaveable stomach filling dishes and fresh fruit. 100% of all donations goes toward buying food for the kids. All time is volunteer, we have no salaries or overhead. Office materials, warehousing, distribution, accounting are all donated services. Your donation goes from you to the children. We are a 501 (c)(3) charity.
Any and all monetary donations are welcome; however for approximately $216.00 you can feed one child for one year.
Some of the items we need are: instant oatmeal, cereals, granola bars, macaroni & cheese cups, Chef Boyardee pastas, 7 oz soups, beanie weenies, tuna salad, cheese and crackers, Jif-to-Go, applesauce, fruit cups, pudding, energy bars, raisins and nuts, beef sticks, fruit juices, shelf stable milk, etc. All items must be shelf stable and individually wrapped please.