Would you consider growing an extra row of produce in your garden to feed the hungry?
The Northshore YMCA conducts a feeding program during the summer months. This program provide meals for children that receive free or reduced lunches at school. Being closed for the summer, children do not have access to a school feeding program. The YMCA provides a program where children can come in to get meals during the other Y programs.
Usually, if there are hungry children, there are hungry adults. The summer lunch program cannot provide meals for adults, or children after turning 18 years old. The YMCA encourages people who garden to grow an extra row of produce and volunteer the surplus to these families.
The Kenmore/Bothell Interfaith Group has participated in this program for two years.
If you would like to participate this summer, plant a little extra produce in your garden. When you have surplus produce, or any questions, call the church office to arrange for distribution your veggies.
YMCA Summer Lunch Program
The YMCA Free Summer Lunch Program at Kenmore Elementary School was the first program established in 2012 for the Northshore Community. We joined with USDA to address student hunger during the summer months when the children aren’t in school to receive meals. In 2013, the YMCA added a second open site at First Lutheran Church in Bothell, which was very successful in reaching more families and children in our community. In 2014, the open sites were at First Lutheran Church and at Kenmore City Hall, which are easily accessible by bus routes for families.
The unique aspect of their programs, which follows best practices, was to recruit community volunteers to engage the children in daily activities as a compliment to the children getting a nutritious lunch. These activities ranged from games, arts and crafts, and playground time. They ensured that the children had a positive daily experience, time to engage in physical activity, and an opportunity to meet new friends.
(Information taken from Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors, a 2016 report about activities at the Northshore YMCA.)
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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