Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lunch Connection provides hot food for kids

Free meals at Woodside school

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, Bellevue Public Library and Sawtooth Botanical Garden 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 11. There is no need to qualify or be enrolled in summer school—the doors are open to all.

"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," the Hunger Coalition stated in a press release. "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 11 through Aug. 17, while free hot breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. from July 16 through Aug. 10.

The Environmental Resource Center will provide Wild Lunch after lunch activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 12 through July 15. The Bellevue Public Library will provide Story Time on July 12.

Outdoor fun will be provided by Sawtooth Botanical Garden on Mondays and Wednesdays,

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

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