A total of 5,572 nutritious lunches were served this summer to area youth through Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch, a free summer lunch program organized by area churches and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
Last year, a total of 6,164 lunches were served through the program. That amount compares to 4,861 lunches in summer 2017; 4,650 in 2016; 3,820 in 2015; and 900 in 2014, the program’s first year.
The lunches were served by volunteers on weekdays from June 3 through August 30 in Crosby, Deerwood and Ironton. They were prepared and donated by members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby; Cascade Methodist Church and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Deerwood; St. Joseph Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul in Crosby and Deerwood; and employees of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.
The Cuyuna Lakes Lunch Bunch’s goal is to provide meals for students who normally receive free or reduced lunches through school programs. Fifty-seven percent of Crosby area school students receive free lunches.
For more information or to contribute to the Lunch Bunch, contact Ellen Brandt at St. Vincent de Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org.