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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Summer lunch program short funds

  • The McPherson Summer Lunch Program is $1,000 short of what it needs to provide food for needy children through the end of July.
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  • The McPherson Summer Lunch Program is $1,000 short of what it needs to provide food for needy children through the end of July.
    The program helps fill the food needs for the children who would receive free or reduced-cost lunches at school during the school year. The program is feeding about 205 children from 75 families at this time.
    The program provides bags of food that contain fruit cups, peanut butter and easy to prepare meals, like macaroni and cheese and tuna helper, as well as snacks, such as granola bars.
    In past years, the program had been supported by a golf tournament sponsored by the Waldhauer Memorial Fund. However, organizers decided not to stage the tournament this year.
    This has left the Summer Lunch Program severely underfunded. In years past the program had provided food boxes until school started in August. This year the program will only go through the end of July.
    In addition, the program was forced to cut fresh fruit from its food boxes, said Anne Kirchner, director of United Way of McPherson County.
    The program is staffed by volunteers who help prepare and deliver the food boxes. This includes the Ulster Project students, which is comprised of visiting students from Northern Ireland and their U.S. host teens.
    Kirchner said the community has been very generous to donate the $15,000 to fund the program this summer, but the program is in desperate need of the remaining $1,000 to fund the food boxes through the end of July.
    Donations can be made to the McPherson County Community Foundation at 206 S. Main St., McPherson, KS 67460. For more information, call 620-245-9070 or 1-866-245-9070 or email info@mcphersonfoundation.org.
    Please note the donation is for the Summer Lunch Program. Any donations made through the foundation are tax deductible.
    Kirchner said the United Way is already looking for ways to fund the program next year.
    Kirchner said many of the families who use the program are single-parents with jobs who are trying to make ends meet.
    “This program is important to a lot of people,” Kirchner said. “It meets an unmet need.”

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