Weekend Food for Kids
No child should have to go to bed hungry, but in Moscow approximately one in four does—at least once a week. St. Mark's spearheads a community effort to lessen that number. [Pictures show some of our members and friends packing food.]
Moscow School District provides some free summer week-day lunches to any child who comes to the meal-site, but they don't cover Saturdays and Sundays. Since 2014, St. Mark's has offered a take-home food program for summer weekends!
Each food bag contains two breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, plus snacks, and fresh produce—including donations from generous local gardeners and farmers. See below for ways you can donate with cash or food.
The first year, MSD said we'd need 20 bags per week. But we learned from the families we served that the need was much greater. In 2015 we started with 30 per week, increased to 60, and increased again to as many as 90!
To help respond to the increased need in 2015, our neighbors at the Unitarian Universalists of the Palouse (UU) provided 30-45 bags per week for several weeks. In 2016 they partnered with us again. And we're supported in part by generous donations from Moscow Rotary and the Trinity Baptist Food Pantry, as well as "in kind" gifts from Gritman Medical Center, some discounts from Walmart, and many gifts from individuals.
How you can help
If you'd like to help with food collection, packing, or distribution, please call Carol (208-882-5179) or Lois (208-301-0958), or just show up during the summer on Thursdays at 11 am. We pack in St. Mark's Parish Hall at 111 S. Jefferson (access through the alley) resuming again on June 15, 2017.
And if you'd like to help support this ministry with a cash gift, make checks to St. Mark's Episcopal Church with "Kids' food" on the memo line; send to St. Mark's at 111 S. Jefferson, Moscow, ID 83843.
We thank you!!!