Summer Feeding Program
Keeping kids fed through the hungriest months of the year.
During the school year, most students in public schools receive meals at no cost. These meals are vital for students who are food-insecure as they may be the only meals they receive each day. But when school is not in session, students no longer have access to the lunch program, and nutrition can become a major issue.
Since 2014, the Manna House Summer Feeding Program has helped feed thousands of Ellis County students every week, all summer long. The program was created to ensure that children in need are able to continue to thrive physically throughout the summer. Hunger and malnutrition can play a large role in the education of students since it is very difficult to learn when hungry. Manna House’s Summer Feeding Program bridges a nutritional gap for children, helping them to return to the school year healthy and strong.
Manna House’s Summer Feeding Program delivers hot lunches and take-home snacks to select drop-off locations throughout Ellis County. These lunches are provided free of charge to children up to age 18 years of age. The program fills a critical gap in the nutritional needs of students’ growing and developing minds and bodies.
The Manna House Summer Feeding Program is a huge effort each year. We rely on the support of volunteers and donors to help us feed children all summer long.
This year’s program will require an estimated $45,000 to run, including coordination of site logistics, volunteers, food purchase and administrative costs. We are asking for your support, through a cash donation or your volunteer time, to help us feed children.
Manna House’s Summer Feeding Program does not require registration or proof of eligibility. The number of students in need of assistance are submitted by school counselors from the service area and meals are provided based on stated need. Pick up locations will be announced on social media and eligible families notified when the program is active.