Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lunch Connection provides hot food for kids

Free meals at Woodside

Express Staff Writer

This summer children in Blaine County can count on more than just hot weather.

They can count on hot food!

The Hunger Coalition and Blaine County School District have teamed up again with the Environmental Resource Center and the Bellevue Public Library to offer The Lunch Connection, a free summer food program at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey.

Children ages 1-18 are welcome to enjoy nutritious meals beginning June 13. There is no need to qualify or be enrolled in summer school—the doors are open to all.

"To stay healthy and active, children need good, nourishing food every day," The Hunger Coalition stated in a press release. "The Lunch Connection provides a nourishing meal free of charge so Blaine County kids can experience the wonderful fun of summer, not a hungry aching belly. Too many children suffer the consequences of family financial strain without even knowing it. The Lunch Connection is here to help."

Free hot lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon from June 13 to Aug. 19, while free hot breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. from July 18 through Aug. 12. Adults can join their children for a meal by paying $3.25.

The Environmental Resource Center will provide Wild Lunch after lunch activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 14 through July 7. The Bellevue Public Library will provide Story Time on July 12 and 14.

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority provides bus rides to Woodside Elementary with stops on Woodside Boulevard at Berry Creek and Cherry Creek.

For more information, contact The Hunger Coalition at 788-0121. Information is also available at

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