Lunch program expands

Van Program: More children in Olympia, Lacey to be served for free

June 29, 2010 

  • If you go

    The Thurston County Food Bank is providing sack lunches to children and teenagers between July 6 through Aug. 27. Routes start around 11:15 a.m. Here are the routes:

    Route 1:

    Melody Pines, 9011 Old Highway 99 S.E.; Lake Park Apartments, 1233 Lake Park Drive S.W.; Salmon Shores R.V. Park, 5446 Black Lake Blvd. S.W.; Coach Post Mobile Park, 3633 Seventh Ave. S.W.; Coopers Glen Apartments, 3138 Overhulse Road N.W., Olympia.

    Route 2:

    Tony’s Trailer Park, in the 6800 block of Martin Way outside of Lacey; Meadows Elementary School, 836 Deerbrush Drive S.E. Lacey; Heritage Park Apartments, 1818 Evergreen Park Drive; and Courtside Apartments, 515 Courtside St. S.W., Olympia.

    For more information, call 360-352-8597.

OLYMPIA - A Thurston County Food Bank program that delivered sack lunches to hungry children last summer will be expanded this year to include more sites in Olympia and Lacey.

This year, the program will start delivering lunches July 6 through Aug. 27. Delivery times will depend on the route.

The Thurston County food bank started the mobile lunch program last year with private funds to reach out to families without easy transportation to a U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored summer lunch program. Food bank officials said at the time that starting the program with private funds freed it from the restrictions of the USDA summer lunch program.

This year, the program will add three new sites, and will use two vans to drive the routes, instead of the one that the food bank used last year, said program coordinator Cheryl Falkenburg.

The three new sites could add at least 100 more lunches to the route, she said. Last year, the food bank served about 130 sack lunches a day from the mobile van, and had a peak of 160 lunches a day.

The food bank’s mobile lunch program has added Tony’s Trailer Park, in the 6800 block of Martin Way outside of Lacey, the Coopers Glen Apartments, 3138 Overhulse Road N.W., and Meadows Elementary School, 836 Deerbrush Drive S.E., Lacey.

“We really wanted to try to put in a different route. We couldn’t just add more sites because we were stretched out,” she said.

The food bank continues to use private donations to fund the programs, she said.

For families that can travel to a location offering free lunches for kids, there are about 10 federally subsidized free summer lunch programs for kids in South Sound.

They are:

Tumwater

Who’s eligible: Ages 18 and younger

When: Lunch, noon-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 20

Where: Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School, 225 Dennis St. S.E., Tumwater.

More information: Call the Tumwater Parks and Recreation department at 360-754-4160

Thurston County Food Bank

Who’s eligible: All food programs are for ages 18 and younger

When: Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., snacks from 2:30-3:30 p.m., today through Aug. 20; there is no food service July 5

Where: Rochester Community Site, 10140 U.S. Highway 12 S.W.

When: Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon through July 9; no food service July 5

Where: Madison Elementary School, 1225 Legion Way S.E., Olympia

When: Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 14; no food service July 5

Where: Evergreen Villages, 505 Division St., Olympia

When: Lunch from noon-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 14; no food service July 5

Where: Evergreen Vista, 1209 Fern St. S.W., Olympia

More information: Call the Thurston County Food Bank at 360-352-8597

Olympia

Who’s eligible: Lunch is for ages 18 and younger. Summer Kids in Parks Program is for ages 6-12.

When: Lunch is noon-12:30 p.m., Summer Kids program is from 12:30-3 p.m., through Aug. 20; there are no programs July 5

Where: Hot lunch at Garfield Elementary School, 325 Plymouth St. N.W., Olympia (Summer Kids program is at Woodruff Park beside the school). Sack lunch at Lions Park, 800 Wilson St. S.E., Olympia.

More information: Call the Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department at 360-753-8380

Lacey

Who’s eligible: Lunch is for ages 18 and younger. Playground Pals is for children ages 2-12; children 6 and younger need an adult companion.

When: Lunch is from noon-12:30 p.m., snack is at 3 p.m., Playground Pals, noon-3 p.m., through Aug. 20; no programs July 5.

Where: Lydia Hawk Elementary, 7600 Fifth St. S.E., Lacey; Mountain View Elementary, 1900 College St. S.E., Lacey; Pleasant Glade Elementary, 1920 Abernethy Road N.E., Lacey

More information: Call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857

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