A lunch program was so successful in Sac City last summer that they expect to double their numbers this year. The Sac City United Methodist Church offered a free, 10-week summer lunch for hungry children in their community in 2013. Monday through Friday they provided a delicious and healthy meal at the Sac Community Recreation Center. They typically served about a dozen children each day, but participation sometimes rose to as many as 27.
The summer lunch program exists, Barb Bloes wrote, “to feed hungry bodies, but we also believe in feeding hungry spirits by sitting down and listening to those who share our meal.” That’s why, although they advertise the program as a children’s meal, they feed whoever comes, including some parents and grandparents who accompany family members.
Numerous individuals, churches, and other community organizations were partners in this effort. This year Matthew 25 funds from the Northwest District will be one of those partners. The Matthew 25 grants are made possible through apportionment gifts from United Methodist churches in Iowa. The grant will help them hire a program director to provide some consistency in day to day operations, especially in securing regular volunteer support and caring for advertising and paperwork.