What it really means to run a summer meal site

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Much thanks for our guest contributor Adam Froelich. Adam is a corps member in United Way’s One Million Meals Campaign, meaning he has dedicated his summer to feeding kids and teens through HIP’s summer meal program. When we asked Adam about his preconceived notions of a summer meal program this is what he had to say…

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     When I applied to this job I had no idea what to expect.  The brief description of the job tells you that you will be delivering meals, data tracking, and working with kids.  I had imagined it being similar to a Meals on Wheels service.  The first day of training informed me that this was not really the case, but I still did not know what my job would entail until I spent my first day at my site, Cedarvale Village.  I was extremely nervous and I was worried that I would have a hard time getting the kids to like me and to continue to come to the site.  Fortunately, I was wrong.

      The bond between me and the kids at my site was instantaneous.  That was one thing that was not described in the job description.   The kids are always eager to help however they can and it is great always seeing familiar faces.  I honestly look forward to going to my site every single day to see all of my kids.  Whether we are playing soccer or playing with water balloons we will always have a good time.  I will remember always remember these kids and will be sad leaving them at the end of the summer.

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