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. Since 2014, St. Mark's has offered a take-home food program for summer weekends.
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.
St. Mark's spearheads a community effort to cover that gap providing more than 100 bags of food weekly. [Pictures show some of our members and friends packing food.] The Unitarian Universalist congregation has split the effort with us since 2016.
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! Now we serve over 100.
And we're supported in part by generous donations from Moscow Rotary, and other donors, as "in kind" gifts: including from Gritman Medical Center, discounts from Walmart, and many gifts from individuals.
We're supported in part generous donations from organizations such as
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, the Moscow Food Co-op Dime in Time
program, and others, as well as in-kind gifts from the Gritman
Foundation, Moscow School District, and various individual donors—large and small.
How you can help
If you'd like to help with food collection, packing, or distribution, please call Carol (208-882-5179) or Lois (208-835-4763), or just show up on Thursdays at 11 am. We pack in St. Mark's Parish Hall at 111 S. Jefferson (access through the alley) . Help set up at the distribution site—Lena Whitmore Elementary—at 11:15 am on Fridays.
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!!!