When summer comes each year, thousands of kids across the Greater Pittsburgh Area are left without consistent access to healthy meals. Our 8-10 week program feeds food insecure children after school has let out and there is no longer the offering of a lunch meal to the kids every day. The Kids Meal Network offers a hot meal and a snack to the young community three to five times a week, typically on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, the serving schedule may vary depending on the site, responding to the specific needs of its location.
“It’s more than providing just a meal for a child, it builds a relationship with the community…”
– Audrey Jennings, Program Coordinator of Kids Meal Network
This past summer The Kids Meal Network could be found at 10 locations across Allegheny County including Clairton, Northview Heights, the West End, the Hill, Wilkensburg, Coraopolis and Mckeesport .There is a Food Safety Certified Site Manager at each location, and all volunteers have received the appropriate child safety clearances. During the summer of 2016 we were able to serve 21,034 meals.
“It’s so easy to get involved as a volunteer and make a difference hands-on. We’re right here.”
–Cheri Pogue, Program Director for United Methodist Church Union
All of the Kids Meal Network sites are considered an “Open” location. Any child that walks into one of our locations is offered an appealing, hot meal – no enrollment necessary! Along with lunch, some sites offer programming to the children. Kids Meal Network offers a safe place for the kids to gather with friends and have a healthy lunch.