The children, who are on the school system’s free and reduced lunch program, often have little to no food when the school is not in session. MUST will provide sack lunches every weekday by partnering with churches, businesses, civic groups, neighborhoods and a host of volunteers.
Beginning with only 25 lunches a day 19 years ago, MUST now serves 6,000 lunches daily. Last year, MUST grew the program to more than 247,000 meals in eight counties. In 2013, Cobb County provided 90,537 sack lunches.
“MUST is excited about helping the Cobb County community do this important work another year and pledges to continuously bring our compassion to serve along with our proven system of reaching children in need,” said Seasonal Program Manager Paula Rigsby.
Host churches are the hubs of distribution, while other churches and organizations, even individual families, will make balanced lunches, according to health and safety guidelines. MUST works with school counselors and others in the community to find pockets of need identified by the school system. Bags are decorated and packed, checked and boxed, then driven by a volunteer to designated areas.
“Summer Lunch is one of the most fulfilling outreach opportunities I can imagine,” Rigsby said. “The children love meeting each day to receive their meals.”
Each child also receives a free book on Fridays to encourage summer reading.
For more information on donating lunches; bags; lunch items, such as bread, turkey, ham, bologna, peanut butter, jelly and cheese slices; individual bags of snacks such as pretzels or granola bars; books; time and/or financial support email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or visit www.mustministries.org.