West Salem community steps up to provide kids with summer meals

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) – The West Salem community is stepping up to make sure its kids get enough to eat.

Thanks to federal funding, the school district provided free summer meals for the past two years, but that program has ended. Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Feed Our Children are re-launching a summer meals program. They’ll serve lunch every Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 am-12:30 pm beginning June seventh. The program is completely funded by donations and run by volunteers.

“Everybody from local businesses and churches in the area has come together and volunteered. That includes some of our NHS students who also volunteer their hours. Local businesses donate all of our food sources, ” explains volunteer Angie Hemker.

Volunteers say the best part about the feed our children summer program is how it brings the community together.

“Different church groups and different businesses. Young kids, and high school kids, college kids who are back home for the summer. And they’re all coming together to serve their community. I think it’s a great way to show how cool our community is and how supportive we are,” says Hemker.

The program runs through August 18th. You can pick up a meal at the church or have a meal delivered. Kids must live in West Salem, but they don’t have to go to West Salem schools.

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