There is such a thing as a free lunch for local kids this summer.
Teaming up with the Blaine County School District and the Community Library, the Hunger Coalition will furnish a pair of programs to keep kids happy, healthy and full from the end of school in June until it starts up again in August.
The best part: there’s no charge for kids—and a $1 fee for adults.
The Summer Food Program’s “Bloom” truck will rev up for the season on June 10, making stops on Mondays and Wednesdays at the County Fairgrounds in Carey from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., followed by Bellevue City Park from 1-2 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it stops at the Balmoral apartments from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., before heading to the Meadows trailer park from 1-2 p.m.
The truck has a lending library with books in both English and Spanish, and partners with community groups to bring engaging activities to places where kids might not go to a typical summer camp.
“The main idea is making sure all kids in Blaine County have access to good food and enriching activities all summer,” said Program Coordinator Sloan Storey.
That’s particularly true for the second part of the program, Lunch in the Park, which is entering its 12th year at Balmoral. This year, it will be held Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. starting on June 17.
“Camps can be so expensive, and transportation can be hard during the summer,” said Development and Program Supervisor Krista Felton. “We want to remove those barriers—to take that fun summer camp experience and make it accessible to everyone.”