The Abraham Connection, Delta County School District and the Western Colorado Community Foundation are teaming up to sponsor the Delta Summer Kids Lunch Program - Panther Power Bites, to ensure children in Delta have access to summer meals while school is out.
The Panther Power Bites program will offer a free lunch daily, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., to all children 18 years and younger at the Abraham Connection building, 480 Silver Street in Delta. The program will run from June 1 through Aug. 19. There is no cost and no enrollment for children to receive lunch.
Pre-packaged summer meals will be provided by the Food Bank of the Rockies, which is reimbursed through the USDA Summer Foods Service Program, and Abraham Connection volunteers will coordinate the program daily. The organizers hope to include some educational and enrichment programs to help kids learn and encourage them to come and get a daily meal.
Aaron Clay, Abraham Connection board member and one of the organizers involved with Panther Power Bites notes, "This partnership came together quickly in response to a very real need in our community. We are starting small but anticipate the program will expand to additional locations so we can ensure that no child in Delta goes hungry during the summer months."
The Abraham Connection was founded in 2010 to provide emergency shelter for homeless families in Delta County. The Western Colorado Community Foundation serves Delta, as one of seven counties in western Colorado, managing charitable funds for community good.
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