WECMRD Hosting InteGreat! Summer Lunch Program

Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District (WECMRD) and Trinity Church have stepped up to support InteGreat! by hosting the Summer Lunch Program for families in need. WECMRD will be hosting the summer lunch program four days a week from 11am-2pm at the Gypsum Rec Center starting June 11th. Trinity Church has organized sites in Eagle River Village five days a week and Aspen’s Mobile Home Park on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:00pm. Eagle County Schools will be providing lunches for all the locations.

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“As the newest member of the InteGreat! Coalition, WECMRD was ready to get involved. We are always looking for ways to expand our services to best fit the needs of our district. The accessibility and size of the Gypsum Rec Center facility coupled with our specially trained staff will be the perfect home for the Summer Lunch Program,” said Janet Bartnik, WECMRD Executive Director.

In three out of five elementary schools in Eagle County, 70 percent of children depend on federal Free and Reduced Lunch to make it through the day. As a result, 150,000 meals go missing each summer when school cafeterias close and family expenses increase. Nearly 16 percent of children in the Vail Valley are food insecure – they worry about where their next meal will come from or if it will be enough to fill their tummies. Children who experience food insecurity are five times more likely to encounter behavior problems and suffer from depression. This is a problem with a solution. Summer Lunch provides relief for families struggling to put food on the table, while also increasing access to fresh food. Data provided by Sara Amberg.

While the summer lunch program serves food to those who need it and is working toward decreasing food insecurities in Eagle County, it does much more than offer a healthy meal. Families enjoy the opportunity to connect with others, which strengthens our community. Kids will also have an opportunity to participate in recreational activities which pairs perfectly with a nutritious meal.

“We were thrilled when Matt Wyatt with Trinity Church offered to host locations in the Avon/Edwards are to further expand the reach of this year’s Summer Lunch Program,” said Bartnik.

Gypsum Recreation Center Information
Dates: June 12th – August 31st
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Site Address: 50 Lundgren Blvd. Gypsum, CO 81637

Eagle River Village in Edwards Information
Dates: June 11th – August 24th
Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Site Address: 32700 US-6, Edwards, CO 81632
More Details: Monday-Wednesday & Friday at community center, Thursday at playground on south side of HWY 6

Aspen’s Mobile Home Village Avon Information
Dates: June 13th – August 29th
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Site Address: 901 W Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon, CO 81620

 

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