Picnic in the Park Shows Solid Increase in Second Week
After its first two weeks this summer, The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program shows a growth of 368 meals or 3.4% over the same period last year.
In the first week of the Boise-centered program, the Foodbank summer staff handed out 4,764 free lunches. In its second week, the program provided 6,370 free lunches for a two-week total of 11,289. Last year’s two-week total was 10,921.
This means the 2012 program is on pace to exceed the record of 56,496 meals set last year.
Redwood Park has overtaken perennial leader Winstead Park as the most popular Picnic location so far. In two weeks, the Picnic in the Park staff has handed out 1,407 free lunches at Redwood, 1,319 at Winstead and 1,240 at Ivywild.
The busiest day so far this year was Tuesday, June 12, with 1,385 lunches served.
Picnic in the Park will continue through August 10, except July 4. All children ages 1-18 are welcome. There is no paperwork to complete. Parents are welcome to purchase lunch for a low price.
Our major partners this year are the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Idaho State Department of Education.
For more information, including a complete list of Picnic in the Park sites, Boise and Meridian school districts’ sites, and all other lunch programs statewide www.idahofoodbank.org.
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