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FREE MEALS FOR KIDS IN THE BRAINERD AREA THIS SUMMER!
The generosity and kindness of this area never ceases to amaze me. I learn about Operation Sandwich back in 2015 and, for the record, I am very grateful that this area offers such a service for our youngest community members.
“Operation Sandwich is a grassroots program that exists to end childhood hunger by feeding kids during the summer months when free and reduced meals are not available through the school system.”
Summer might be much-anticipated for kids, but it’s also a time of hungry bellies and boredom. This poses a serious problem when school is not in session and many families are struggling to make ends meet. Operation Sandwich is run with the support of volunteers and the support of the United Way and ISD 181.
Volunteers get together at First Lutheran Church to create simple bag lunches for kids in need in the community four times a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The simple meals will consist of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit and granola bars. Thursday’s bag will contain a few more items to bridge the weekend.
The thought of Littles being hungry pains me and volunteering for this organization is something that has been on my Bucket List for a while. I was also thrilled to learn that there is a book component; The Book Wagon. I have already signed up as a book wagon wrangler and will be calling out to my Multicultural Children’s Book Day authors to fire some books my way!
Did you know that 42% of total school population is on free and reduced meal program? Read more stats HERE.
Operation Sandwich relies on volunteers to both MAKE sandwiches and DELIVER lunches to our various sites throughout the community. Whether you have just a short time to volunteer or are able to give more of your day, we have the opportunity for you!Here is what a typical day looks like:
10:30 to 11:30 am- Your group meets the Operation Sandwich Coordinator at First Lutheran Church (424 S. 8th Street, Brainerd, MN) to make the sandwiches and assemble the bag lunches that will be delivered that day.Delivering Lunches:
11:15 am to 1:30 pm –
You will arrive at First Lutheran Church to be pick up the lunches and given directions and instructions on where you will be going and everything you will need to know to deliver lunches.
Once you have your instructions and supplies, you will leave First Lutheran to head to your delivery sites. (We run an East Route, a West Route and a South Route simultaneously requiring 3 vehicles/adult drivers per day. Your family needs to provide a minimum of 1 vehicle/adult driver. Groups may need to provide 1-3 vehicles depending on the number of volunteers you are bringing.)
When you have completed your route, you will return to First Lutheran Church to turn in all supplies and be on your way!