WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Northeast Iowa Food Bank has set to distribute meals to kids for the summer across 14 northeast Iowa sites, starting Monday, June 7.
Community partners will also provide a variety of breakfast, lunch and snack options for children in northeast Iowa who are at risk of going hungry when school is out.
One in 5 children in northeast Iowa face hunger when schools close for the summer.
Many kids rely on their school's breakfast and lunches, and it is also their only access to nutritious meals.
The loss of two meals a day that were once provided as free or reduced cost can present a big challenge to some families in both urban and rural areas.
“The summer months are not easy for many of our northeast Iowa neighbors who have children,” Barbara Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, said. “When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on.”
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be providing meals at the following 14 northeast Iowa partnering sites and times:
Meal Sites Dates Times:
- Bethel United Presbyterian Church: 208 N Vine St. (West Union) June 7 - August 13 11:30AM-12:00PM
- Fayette Elementary: 200 Volga St. Fayette (Fayette) June 7 - August 13 11:30AM-12:00PM
- Valley Elementary Learning Center: 23493 Canoe Rd (Elgin) June 7 – July 23 11:30AM-12:30PM
- St. Joseph Community School: 216 N. Broadway Ave. (New Hampton) June 7 - August 20 8:00AM-8:30AM, 11:00AM-11:30AM, and 3:00PM-3:30PM
- YMCA: 669 S Hackett Rd. (Waterloo) June 7 – June 11, August 16 – August 19 8:30AM-9:00AM, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:00PM-3:30PM
- Kingsley Elementary School: 201 Sunset Rd (Waterloo) June 7 – June 11 8:00AM-8:30AM, 11:30AM-12:00PM
- Orchard Hill Church: 3900 Orchard Hill Dr (Cedar Falls) June 7 – June 11, August 16 – August 19 8:30AM-9:00AM, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:00PM-3:30PM
- YWCA: 425 Lafayette St (Waterloo) June 7 – June 11 8:00AM-830PM, 11:30AM-12:00PM
- Young Parents Together: 1605 Lafayette St (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 4:00PM-5:00PM, Mondays only
- Salvation Army, 89 Franklin St (Waterloo) June 7 – August 16 10:00AM-10:30AM,, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:30PM-4:00PM
- Gates Park, parking lot on Lester St, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 11:45AM-12:05PM
- Spring View Park, Spring View St & Shirley St, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 11:00AM-11:20AM
- The Preserve at Crossroads, 1425 Oleson Rd, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 11:00AM-11:20AM
- Cedar Knoll Park, 5535 Dysart Rd, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 11:50AM-12:10PM
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is also partnering with 5 Boys and Girls Club locations to provide afternoon snacks:
Snack Sites Dates Times
- Boys and Girls Club: 515 Lime St. (Waterloo) June 14 – August 13 3:00PM-4:00PM
- Boys and Girls Club – Lincoln Elementary: 302 Cedar Bend Rd,
- (Waterloo) June 14 – August 20 4:00PM-4:15PM, Monday – Thursday
- Boys and Girls Club – Highland Elementary: 812 Idaho Rd (Waterloo) June 14 – August 13 3:00PM-4:00PM, Monday - Thursday
- Boys and Girls Club - Teen & Education Center: 803 E. 4th St.
- (Waterloo) June 14 – August 20 3:00PM-3:30PM
- Evansdale Boys and Girls Club: 3574 Lafayette St. (Evansdale) June 14 – August 20 3:00PM-4:00PM