A partnership is keeping many young people from having a hungry summer in Milwaukee. The Summer Food Service Program of the Social Development Commission (SDC) is making 1,200 meals a day for the annual summer program Feed the Kids.
The Feed the Kids program is a collaboration of organizations and programs including SDC, the Salvation Army, Milwaukee Public Schools, West Allis/West Milwaukee Schools, the Center for Independence, Boys and Girls Clubs, Heartlove Place, and the Hunger Task Force. The effort makes and distributes breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks to sites across the Milwaukee area during summer months for children.
During those summer vacation months, many children who get their best meal of the day from their schools depend on the Feed the Kids Program. One such meal site that SDC prepares lunches for is St. Adalbert School at 19th and Becher Street. Julia Hutchinson from the school’s summer program says that the breakfasts and lunches that are part of the program are all the prepared meals some of their children get during a day. She adds the children enjoy the food and make sure there are no left-overs.
Preparing the meals and snacks for Feed the Kids program is part of the SDC Food Service Program’s overall mission. In addition to the Summer Food Program, SDC provides meals 12 months a year to schools and daycare centers. In 2011, the program prepared more than 1.7-million meals for young people.
For more information on the SDC Food Service Program and its participation in Feed the Kids, visit the agency website at http://www.cr-sdc.org/, click on the “Programs” page and then the link for “SDC Food Service”.