Horizons Prepares for Summer Lunch Program

MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The school year wraps up in just a couple weeks, and one organization in Linn County wants to make sure kids aren't hungry this summer.

But to do so, Horizons says it needs more volunteers.

Staff at the Marion Public Library say they've seen a lot of success in offering the summer program. They'll serve about 25 kids each day.

"Usually the meals are pretty good, so they're like 'Ooo chicken nuggets,' So it's fun," Olivia Stoner said.

Stoner credits some of the success to additional library programs

"We don't do any sort of screenings or anything like that. So it can be kids who are already here for summer time reading or activities or it can be kids that need to come in for a free meal."

Lunches are served from 11:15 to 12:15 on Monday through Fridays. They're free to any child, up to age 17. Horizons provides the summer meals through a federal program for kids who normally depend on getting a meal at school.

"Our open sites are Marion Public Library, Cedar Terrace Mobile Homes, Five Seasons Mobile Homes, Kirkwood Estates and Daniels Park," Sofia Mehaffey said.

Horizons picks the sites based on community needs..

"These sites are usually sites where students typically qualify for free and reduced lunch during the school year," Mehaffey said. "So giving them that bridge to make it through the gap of the summer time is very helpful for their progress."

The summer meals program starts on Monday, June 4th and runs through mid-August. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, head to horizons.volunteerhub.com/