“For the families of children who receive free or discounted school lunches, summer break can be a difficult time with higher food expenses and increased insecurity around where their meals will come from. The Summer Food program helps alleviate this stress,” says Heather Solus, GNS Community Service Director.

All children are invited to enjoy free lunches again this summer through the Great Northern Services’ Summer Lunch program. Kids can find healthy meals, fun activities, and a chance to see their friends at nine different locations this summer.

“For the families of children who receive free or discounted school lunches, summer break can be a difficult time with higher food expenses and increased insecurity around where their meals will come from. The Summer Food program helps alleviate this stress,” says Heather Solus, GNS Community Service Director. “And finding good summer activities for their kids can be a challenge for any family. We invite all children to join us at these lunch gatherings.”

GNS sponsors a USDA Summer Food Service program as their Summer Lunch program and has been expanding since its launch in 2015, thanks to generous donations of time and money from Pacific Power Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, No Kid Hungry, individual donors and volunteers, and local business like Studio B in Mt. Shasta.

Free lunches will be served this summer as follows:

• At the Dunsmuir Community Building at 4841 Dunsmuir Ave, from 1-1:30 p.m.;

• In McCloud, at McCloud Elementary School, 332 Hamilton Way, from 12:30–1 p.m.;

• In Montague, at Montague Elementary School, 430 E. Prather St, from 12:30–1 p.m.;

• At two locations in Mount Shasta: at Sisson Elementary School, 601 E. Alma St, from noon-12:30 p.m. and at the Mt. Shasta City Park from 11:30 a.m. to noon

• At the Tulelake Resource Center, 810 Main St, from 12 – 12:30 p.m.

• At three locations in Weed: at Bel Air Park from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ; at Weed Elementary School, 575 White Ave, from 11:30 a.m. to noon; and at Mountain View Apartments, 262 E. Lake Street, from 11-11:30 a.m.;

The GNS Summer Lunch program begins serving meals on Monday, June 17 and will run every weekday through August 8th with no lunch service on July 4 or 5. Advance notice will be given if any lunch times or locations change over the course of the summer. Meals are provided to all children ages 18 and under without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

“The community is invited to take an active role in making this program possible,” says Nichole Smith, GNS Public Relations and Fundraising Manager, “We are looking for volunteers to work helping the GNS staff to prepare the healthy, wholesome meals that are distributed through the summer lunch program.” All prep work is done at the Weed Elementary School Kitchen from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. “Even if you can only help for one day a week,” Smith added.

“We’d love to have you on the team!” Applications are available on their website (www.gnservices.org/volunteer) or you can call GNS Community Services Director Heather Solus at 530-938-4115, extension 128.

Great Northern Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer. As a community based nonprofit they focus on helping low-income households become economically self-sufficient in order to boost sustainability for the rural communities in Siskiyou County. Learn more about GNS and their programs at www.gnservices.org.