June 3rd - August 16th
(closed on the 4th of July)
During the school year many children rely on free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, but what happens when school is out? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins. Hunger makes children more prone to illness and other health issues.”
The Picnic in the Park Program provides nutrition for food-insecure children during the summer months, when the school lunch they depended on is unavailable. The program helps fill the nutritional gap so children can get the food they need.
FREE LUNCH is provided to ALL children, ages 1-18 – no exceptions, no income verification, and no identification asked. Adult meals can be purchased for a low cost.
During the summer months of 2013, The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park summer lunch program served 54,442 free meals, an average of 1,008 meals per day and an increase of 3.5% from last summer. The Idaho Foodbank operated Picnic in the Park in 25 different locations from June 3rd – August 16th, a total of 54 days of service. The Idaho Foodbank was able to operate 4 new sites serving a total amount of 4,675 lunches to new neighborhoods that we have not been able to reach before. Of the 25 Picnic in the Park sites, Redwood Park, as it did last summer, proved to be the most popular with 6,352 lunches served this summer. Ivywild Park was second with 5,443 lunches and Winstead Park was third with 5,298. The feeding sites ranged from parks to low-income apartment complexes. The mobile service program was again remained an important part of Picnic in the Park as it enabled the summer staff to expand service to new high-poverty locations, such as Garden City.
The highest total distribution came in week two, June 10-14, when the staff handed out 6,426 lunches.
The Foodbank is most grateful to everyone who participated in the program and to our major partners this year – the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Idaho State Department of Education and the AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Picnic in the Park also received support from Boise City Parks and Recreation and from private funders, which included Old Chicago, ConAgra Foods and the Julius C. Jeker Foundation Inc.
Below is a map of locations served by The Idaho Foodbank. View Idaho locations for maps of summer lunch locations throughout Idaho or call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine, a free statewide community Information and Referral service for assistance.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Idaho Foodbank is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization
comprised of a partner network of more than 200 hunger relief agencies
throughout the state of Idaho.