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Free lunch program seeks volunteers for Aug. 15 event

NORTH LIBERTY– The Summer Lunch and Fun program invites the public to a party for sponsors, volunteers, program guests and others beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug 15, at the North Liberty Community Center, 502 W. Cherry St.
“We want to honor and thank the many sponsors and volunteers who have provided gifts of cash, time, food, or supplies to bring this new program to life,” Program Coordinator Tracey Mulcahey said.
“Since the program began June 9, we have served more than 2,200 free meals to kids. It’s been tremendously rewarding for everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without so much support,” she added.
The Aug. 15 program will include a 10:30 a.m. recognition banquet for corporate sponsors, restaurants that donated food, and the many volunteers who prepared food, hosted activities, and provided assistance in countless ways to serve kids attending the program every weekday.
Lunch service for all guests will be from 11:30 a.m. until noon, followed by a host of activities for kids. Organizers are working to line up a bouncy house, face painting, and a balloon-crafting artist.
Each day of the program, after the children are offered second servings, parents and guardians are also welcome to eat if there is enough food, and any leftover food is sent home with parents or guardians. Daily program attendance varies widely, ranging from 35 to 95 kids per day, averaging about 60 meals for kids per day.
To pull off this summer’s end celebration, the program needs about 18 volunteers to help set up and supervise the bouncy house and other stations. If you can help for any 1-2 hour shift between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, please visit our website and click on the link to sign up at http://nlsummerlunch.wordpress.com/volunteer/.
A list of our sponsors is online at http://nlsummerlunch.wordpress.com/sponsors/.
Aug. 15 will be the final day of service for the 2014 program. School begins Tuesday, Aug. 19, and there will be a special event called Servolution providing free shoes, haircuts and other back-to-school necessities for North Liberty kids from 3 until 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18 at Penn Elementary School.
The Summer Lunch & Fun program was created by the North Liberty Unity Coalition, an ad hoc group that includes school resource officers, church members, and representatives from the North Liberty Community Pantry, City of North Liberty, Johnson County, and the state of Iowa.