Food for the summer: local organizations partner to feed kids while school is out
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Now that school is out for the summer, local organizations want to make sure that kids continue to get fed.
A dozen locations across Rapid City will be serving lunch, and most even serve breakfast, too.
The Club for Boys, Rapid City Area Schools, the Y.M.C.A., and Youth and Family Services will begin serving meals next week, either May 31 or June 1.
Children 18 and under eat free, and thanks to new grant funding from Collective Impact Black Hills, adults accompanying them will be able to eat free, too.
Julie Oberlander, the communications director for the Black Hills Area Community Foundation’s food security initiative, says, “We know that more than 16% of our population here in Rapid City is living in the crisis of poverty, and one of the best things that we can do is just start people out with those basic needs, right? And food is certainly one of those basic needs.”
Meals On Wheels reimburses for meals served to those ages 60 and over, but this new funding fills the gap between ages 19 and 59 – so parents, guardians, and older siblings caring for younger children have an opportunity for a healthy meal.