Feed My Lambs

(John 21:15)

 
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Food 4 Kids (F4K) is an outreach ministry of the Church of the Holy Spirit. This program began in 2013 and continues as a partnership between the church, other faith-based and community agencies, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). F4K addresses the hidden need to address childhood hunger on the lower and outer Cape. One in three children on Cape Cod is food insecure, especially in the summertime when there are no school lunches.

F4K is the only Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) serving children and teens in the towns on the lower and outer Cape, from Harwich to Provincetown. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded child nutrition program whose goal is to feed children and teens during the summer months when they do not have access to school meals. All meals are FREE!

In 2017 we will serve over 33,000 meals (breakfasts, lunches, and snacks) to children in all eight towns of the lower/outer Cape. Feeding the mind as well as the body, through grants we will also give away 2,500 new children’s books all summer at our meal sites. Over 100 volunteers of all ages help to feed the children — including assembling sandwiches in the kitchen, packing the coolers and delivering them to the fourteen sites, and distributing the meals to the children.

    About F4K

    Learn more about what we do, who we serve and how you can get involved.

    Monthly Menu

    We post menus on a weekly basis.


    Free Lunch at the Library

    (article by CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS from the New York Times)
    Children lined up on July 12 for free lunches outside the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Ohio. CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

    Children lined up on July 12 for free lunches outside the Marysville Public Library in Marysville, Ohio. CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times

    ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio — Before opening their doors at noon, the librarians squeeze tables and chairs between the book stacks to prepare for the onslaught of hungry children. Usually, two or three dozen show up, but occasionally, up to 70 do.

    During the summer, they come to this tiny branch in Elmwood Place, a village in greater Cincinnati, for “Captain Underpants,” air-conditioning and, lately, a hot meal.

    One recent Thursday, most of the pint-size patrons signed up for free lunch even before reserving a computer. Older kids, lanky from growth spurts, first beelined for the internet, then wrote their names down to get the day’s meal — macaroni with ground beef — after a gentle reminder from Kevin Collett, a library services assistant.

    A woman from a nearby church — the program sponsor — delivered lunch. Librarians assembled each share. Then LeeAnn McNabb, the branch manager, summoned children, one by one, to get cantaloupe slices, an apple, a roll, milk and the warm entree.

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    Virginia Public Libraries and the Summer Food Service Program Presenters: Wayne Crocker, Petersburg Public Library Teresa K. Cain, Central Rappahannock Regional Library Cassie Boyd, Meclenburg County Public Library Sarah Steely, No Kid Hungry Virginia Brett Mitchem, Virginia Department of Health

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