“I first volunteered for this program five years ago and it has become one of my favorite things to do in the community. Whether we are cutting watermelon or putting the meals in the coolers for delivery, everyone works with a smile and a great attitude.” Steve Smith, Share Volunteer
During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school. But what happens when school lets out for the summer? Hunger can be a severe roadblock for the learning process and childhood development.
Our program strives to provide fresh, healthy meals that include fruits and vegetables so that the children in our community do not face hunger during the summer months. All of the locations are open sites and all children ages 18 and under are welcome to come and enjoy a free meal even if they are not enrolled in the program.
Dates for Summer Meals 2019 will be Monday to Friday from June 24 to August 9, 2019. (Note that no meals will be served on Thursday July 4.) Locations and times can be viewed on the links below:
Throughout June and August, families can call the Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA to receive up-to-date information about locations for free lunches for kids across the state.
Lunch sites are located at schools or facilities with a greater than 50% rate of free and reduced-price lunch enrollment. This program is part of the Simplified Summer Feeding Program and is funded by the USDA.
To support our Summer Meals Program, contact Becci Read-Ryan, Hunger Response Assistant Director, at (360) 952-8221 or
‘How to’: Summer Meals Videos for Volunteers
At Share’s Summer Meals program, the kitchen is a very busy place during meal prep and delivery time as volunteers prepare 500-1,200 meals to go out on any given day. These videos can help prepare you for your volunteer shift as we walk you through our kitchen tour, packing coolers and drop off empty coolers.
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