Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program works to bring food to local families through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, free summer meals for kids, and by advocating for hungry families.
Thanks to everyone who made it to our End of Summer Party! We had a blast celebrating our successful summer meal program with you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, we wanted to share your amazing accomplishments this summer.
3,894 cups of milk + 1,963 almond butter & jelly sandwiches + 96 pounds of carrots + 77 pounds of strawberries + 200 pounds of berries donated by Hayton Farms (!) + 843 turkey pesto meatballs
+ 690 HIP-made fruit popsicles
+ 58 dozen eggs + 189 pounds of watermelon + more
= 4,923 meals served this summer!
Our weekly worldly menus in August traveled from Greece (hummus & pita) to Vietnam (tofu bahn mi), from Japan (rice balls & edamame) to Mexico (bean & rice tacos and paletas).Our volunteers, interns and community partners offered reading, crafts, and games to help create fun meal sites for kids and a break for parents.
Our volunteers of all ages worked hard in the summer heat to prepare delicious meals for kids.
Parents shared with us what a difference the summer meal program made for them. It allowed them to stretch their budgets and to be able to provide a nutritious, well rounded dinner for their children.
To see more pictures from HIP’s summer meal program, check out our Flickr photostream!
HIP is taking a late summer break September 3 – 20. Stay tuned for more details on how you can volunteer with us when we return at the end of September.