Decorah’s Kid’s Lunch Club Successful

Kids Lunch Club Coordinator Kathryn Thompson says the program–which just wrapped up its second summer in Decorah–served a total of 1,341 lunches this summer–an average of 28 lunches per day.


The free lunches were served daily from John Cline Elementary, as well as Freeport Park. The Crossroads summer school program also was served.


A total of 192 volunteer spots at Decorah Congregational UCC, Good Shepherd and the John Cline distribution site were filled.


Says Thompson, “Many parents sent their children on bikes or walking, knowing they were getting a balanced meal while they were away at work. Others sent their summer nanny with their little ones which relieved the stress of families trusting teenagers to cook in the kitchen. One mom brought her two kids every day for the second half of the summer, knowing we would have gluten-free lunches. A grandma brought her four grandkids every day after swimming, commenting how hard it is to feed four kiddos on a fixed retirement budget. These stories are the stories that make this program worth it.”

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Teresa Wiemerslage is a regional program coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northeast Iowa. She also coordinates the work of the NE Iowa Food & Farm Coalition. She tries to be a good team player and keep up with the service members by posting regularly about the food system.

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