As an adult, when you're working inside and missing a beautiful summer day, it's easy to think "ah, to be a kid again and have summer off". But sometimes, being a kid during the summer months isn't as great and carefree as you might think. 

An alarming amount of kids are at risk of going hungry when school is out. In fact, according to a Northeast Iowa Food Bank press release, 1 in 5 children in our area faces hunger.

"The summer months are not easy for many of our northeast Iowa neighbors who have children,”...“When school ends, so does access to school meals that families and children rely on.”  said Barbara Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

The loss of two meals a day that was once provided as free or reduced-cost can present a big challenge to some families in both urban and rural areas. This summer, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank is partnering with 19 different sites, with help from many community partners, to provide a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack options for children in northeast Iowa

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank will be providing meals at 14 northeast Iowa partnering sites. See the list below, or click here to find a location near you.

Meal Sites                                                        Dates/Times

Bethel United Presbyterian Church: 208 N Vine St. (West Union)  June 7-August 13 11:30AM-12:00PM

Fayette Elementary: 200 Volga St. Fayette (Fayette) June 7 - August 13 - 11:30AM-12:00PM

Valley Elementary Learning Center: 23493 Canoe Rd (Elgin) June 7 – July 23 11:30AM-12:30PM

St. Joseph Community School: 216 N. Broadway Ave. (New Hampton) June 7 - August 20 8:00AM-8:30AM, 11:00AM-11:30AM, and 3:00PM-3:30PM

Salvation Army, 89 Franklin St (Waterloo) June 7 – August 16 10:00AM-10:30AM, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:30PM-4:00PM


Gates Park, parking lot on Lester St, (Waterloo)  June 7 – August 20 -- 11:45AM-12:05PM

Spring View Park, Spring View St & Shirley St, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 - 11:00AM-11:20AM

The Preserve at Crossroads, 1425 Oleson Rd, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 -  11:00AM-11:20AM

Cedar Knoll Park, 5535 Dysart Rd, (Waterloo) June 7 – August 20 - 11:50AM-12:10PM

YMCA: 669 S Hackett Rd. (Waterloo)  August 16 – August 19 8:30AM-9:00AM, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:00PM-3:30PM

Orchard Hill Church: 3900 Orchard Hill Dr (Cedar Falls) August 16 – August 19 8:30AM-9:00AM, 12:00PM-12:30PM, 3:00PM-3:30PM


They're also partnering with 5 Boys and Girls Club locations in Waterloo and Evansdale to provide afternoon snacks.

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Snack Sites                                        Dates/Times

Boys and Girls Club: 515 Lime St. (Waterloo) June 14 – August 13 - 3:00PM-4:00PM

Boys and Girls Club – Lincoln Elementary: 302 Cedar Bend Rd, (Waterloo) June 14 – August 20 4:00PM-4:15PM, Monday – Thursday

Boys and Girls Club – Highland Elementary: 812 Idaho Rd (Waterloo) June 14 – August 13 - 3:00PM-4:00PM, Monday - Thursday

Boys and Girls Club - Teen & Education Center: 803 E. 4th St. (Waterloo) June 14 – August 20 - 3:00PM-3:30PM

Evansdale Boys and Girls Club: 3574 Lafayette St. (Evansdale) June 14 – August 20  3:00PM-4:00PM

Anytime is a great time to help out your friends and neighbors. To donate to the NE IA Food Bank click here.


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