Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids
Summer 2020: August 31-September 4
(August 24-Sept 4 in Oaklawn)
(August 31-Sept 9 in Haysville)
Snack Donations - please coordinate with Partners for Wichita for summer snack donations - no "Snack Donation Day" at the Kansas Food Bank due to safety restrictions this summer.
Sites in Wichita will cover the week of August 31-Sept. 4
food will be served as grab-and-go on Monday and Wednesday
Oaklawn site will cover the weeks of August 24 -Sept. 4
food will be served as grab-and-go on Mondays and Wednesdays
Haysville site will cover a week and a half, from August 31-Sept. 9
food will be served as grab-and-go on Monday-Friday (Aug. 31-Sept. 4) and then again on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
More to come - please check back!
Some of Wichita's most vulnerable children face the risk of hunger during vacations. Partners for Wichita, Kansas Food Bank, and caring people are partners in meeting this hunger need.
Filling the Gap reaches hungry kids during spring break and the last weeks of summer because hunger does not take a vacation!
There is a day for collecting healthy snacks at the Kansas Food Bank before each session of Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids. Items include individual fruit and pudding cups, beef sticks, cheese and cracker dippers, healthy snack bars, raisins, nuts, and other nutritious, kid-friendly, individually packaged snacks.
Following is the suggested shopping list:
Suggested snacks "shopping list"
Partners for Wichita, area congregations, agencies, organizations, and individuals come together to serve free nutritious lunches for children and youth during Spring Break and the last weeks of summer vacation before school starts. We reach about 800 children and youth a day with healthy meals, fresh fruit, and snacks. During 2019 Spring Break, 3965 meals were served. and during the last two weeks of summer vacation in 2019, 7050 meals were served!
Hula hoops add exercise and fun along with healthy meals.
Books are given to take home, thanks to a wonderful donation from AT&T Pioneers.
One mother said, "This makes a big difference to my children and our family!"
A child wrote, "Thank you for helping me with a very good lunch."
Another mother said, "Thank you for these meals. It means I don't have to worry about how to feed my kids these days."
Groups, congregations, individuals, businesses, and foundations make this possible with donations of funds, healthy snacks and volunteers. Looking ahead, funds may be donated on this website or mailed to Partners for Wichita (designate Filling the Gap Lunches), 925 N. Waco. Wichita, KS 67203.
These are the Summer 2020 sites:
New Covenant UMC (1710 W. Douglas)
Salvation Army Downtown (350 N. Market)
Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center (2700 N. Woodland)
HumanKind Ministries Villa Court (930 N. Market)
St. Paul’s UMC (1356 N. Broadway)
Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center (2755 E. 19th St. N.)
The Center (at Iasis) (1914 E. 11th St. N.)
Tabernacle COGIC (1502 E. 17th St. N.)
Urban League of Kansas (2418 E. 9th St. N.)
Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center (2820 S. Roosevelt)
Hilltop Urban Church (910 S. Bluffview Dr.)
Salvation Army Citadel Corps (1739 S. Elpyco St.)
Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church (1515 E. Harry)
Salvation Army West Orchard Corps (1910 S. Everett)
West Heights United Methodist Church (745 N. Westlink Ave.)
Oaklawn Activity Center Cafeteria (4904 S. Clifton)
Haysville United Methodist Church (601 E. Grand)
Contact Sheila Cairns, 316-263-1389, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions may be given securely online through the DONATE tab above or mailed to Partners for Wichita, designated "Filling the Gap Lunches," 925 N. Waco, Wichita, KS 67203.
We applaud these partners (and many more) who reach out to children and youth who are "food insecure" and at health risk. They help "fill the hunger gap" and let our kids know someone cares about them!
Join with partners like these…
Kansas Food Bank
Kansas Health Foundation
Medical Service Bureau
West Wichita Lions Health Van
Congregation of St. Joseph
Hillside Christian Church
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Intrust Bank Arena employees
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church
Good Neighbor Fund
University Congregational Church
Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center
Colvin Neighborhood Resource Center
Cross Point Baptist Church
Dellrose United Methodist Church
Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center
Grant Chapel AME Church
Haysville United Methodist Church
New Covenant United Methodist Church
Praise Chapel South
Reformation Lutheran Church
Salvation Army - Orchard Corps
True Word Full Gospel Church
Urban League of Kansas
and many more!