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Kids Summer Food Program

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2020 Kids Summer Food Program Begins Early

With the recent school closures, Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has begun the Kids Summer Food Program early. Children up to 18 years of age can receive FREE sack lunches by coming to one of the locations below. All lunches will be distributed “carryout” or trunk-delivery style, respecting 6 foot social distancing.

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Overland Park – Family Support Center

9806 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Monday: 10:00AM-12:00PM; 1:00PM-2:00PM

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Bishop Ward High School

708 North 18th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

Monday: 12:00PM-2:00PM

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Osage City Library

515 Main Street
Osage City, KS 66523

Tuesday: 11:00AM-1:00PM

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Lyon County Library District #1

421 South Main Street
Allen, KS 66833

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Antioch Library

8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Merriam, KS 66202

Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Oneida City Park

5th and Lake Street
Oneida, KS 66522

Monday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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Oskaloosa Public Library

315 Jefferson Street
Oskaloosa, KS 66066

Friday: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

**This is a breakfast site and caps at up to two meals per child, per week (instead of five)

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Seneca City Park

409 Elk Street
Seneca, KS 66538

Monday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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Vermillion Library

102 Main Street
Vermillion, KS 66544

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

**This site will only be serving meals through the end of June

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Alma Library

115 West 3rd Street
Alma, KS 66401

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Eskridge Library

115 South Main Street
Eskridge, KS 66423

Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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Harveyville Methodist Church

371 Wabaunsee Avenue
Harveyville, KS 66431

Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

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Olsburg Library

318 North 2nd Street
Olsburg, KS 66520

Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

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Onaga Library

313 Leonard Street
Onaga, KS 66521

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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St. Mary’s Library

306 North 5th Street
St. Mary’s, KS 66536

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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Westmoreland Library

315 Main Street
Westmoreland, KS 66549

Monday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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KCK Bus Route

Serving:
Tuesday
Approximately 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The bus stops at the following six KCK locations in this order, staying for about 20 minutes each:

Bellrose Manor
4042 Fisher Street Kansas City, KS 66103
10:35-10:55 am

St. Margaret Park
357 Perry Square Kansas City, KS 66101
11:05-11:25

Juniper Gardens
1980 North 3rd Street Kansas City, KS 66101
11:35-11:55

Community Mental Health Agency of Wyandotte County
PACES
7840 Washington Avenue Kansas City, KS 66112
12:10 PM – 12:30 PM

Douglass Heights
4003 Lawrence Drive Kansas City, KS 66106
12:45-1:05 pm

Cyrus K. Holliday
1723 South 37th Court Kansas City, KS 66101
1:10-1:30 pm

Chalet Manor
1601 Birch Street Kansas City, KS 66106
1:35-1:55 pm

We have been granted a waiver by KSDE to allow parents to pick up meals for their children without the children actually being physically present, to help reinforce social distancing protocols. Furthermore, each family is allowed to take UP TO five meals PER CHILD once a week.

The information below reflects our standard operation procedure; it does not apply during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Thank you.

School’s Out. Food’s Out.

Five years ago, when we launched the Kids Summer Food program, Kansas ranked last at feeding school children who depend on free or reduced price lunch over the summer months?  That meant over 185,000 children residing in the state qualified for free or reduced-priced school lunches, but sadly only 7% of these kids had access to summer lunch programs.

Catholic Charities operates the Kids Summer Food Program in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kansas Department of Education serving over 16,100 meals last year.  Children, up to 18 years of age, receive FREE nutritious sack lunches during the summer months. Feeding sites are held at community places such as libraries, parks and local swimming pools.  Local volunteers are instrumental to the success of the program, helping with the distribution of meals.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

The Catholic Charities Kids Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months.
Catholic Charities provides free meals and with the support of local volunteers serves healthy meals to kids. Community partners welcome children of all ages for free lunches. Some of our partners include, libraries, community centers, parks and swimming pools.
Open sites operate in areas where at least half of the children come from families with incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level, making them eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Meals are served free to any child at an open site.
Children 18 years and younger may receive free meals and snacks through the Kids Summer Food Program.
Children receive one meal each day.
The program was designed with the intention of filling nutrition gaps to make sure children receive the nutrition they need. As a result, working parents know their children are at a safe place and hunger-free – even when school is out.
To provide a safe, clean space for children to enjoy lunch up to five days a week.
Activities have been shown to increase attendance, provide a safe place for kids and encourage additional learning during the summer. We hope that the children will feel welcome to attend each day and that the activities will draw a larger audience.
  • Spread the word. Write to your local newspaper about the community event in your area, be sure to include site location and time.
  • Be an activity supporter. Collect books, soccer balls, chalk and other craft items, then donate them to the Kids Summer Food Program, this will ensure we have fun activities for the kids.
  • Volunteer at a feeding site near you!
  • Donate to keep kids happy and healthy this summer!

Administrative Offices:

9720 West 87th Street
Overland Park, KS 66212

Phone:
913-433-2100

PARENT INFORMATION

If you are a family looking for support with summer food we are here to help!

  • The Kids Summer Food Program feeds children for FREE; no income requirements or registration is required!
  • The Kids Summer Food Program is in partnership with the USDA and the Kansas Department of Education.
  • The meal provides healthy food options for your child and is approved by the USDA.
  • Each site has fun, kid-friendly activities, including games, crafts and books.
  • Parents who accompany their children are also eligible to receive a free lunch.

We look forward to seeing you and your children at the Kids Summer Food Program as we enjoy the summer with activities, food and fun!  No sign up necessary, or ID required. Children up to 18 years of age are welcome to eat for FREE!

For questions about Catholic Charities Kids Summer Food Program please call: 913-433-2100 or email info@catholiccharitiesks.org


The Kids Summer Food Program is an equal opportunity provider.

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