Summer Food Service Program
More than 15% of children are considered food insecure; they simply do not know when or where their next meal will be. In today’s world, this is simply unacceptable, and this year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County has stepped-up to make sure kids have access to quality, nutritious meals throughout the day. Now a lead agency in the Summer Food Service Program, youth in our summer programs are provided a full Breakfast, Lunch, and hearty afternoon snack. Through a partnership with the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction and United States Department of Agriculture, Clubs will ensure our kids grow their bodies in the same healthy way that we’ve worked to grow their minds for years.
In Anacortes, we have been able to leverage resources that deepen our impact out of our Clubhouse as well. Through a partnership with the Learning & Lunches program, the Club is serving as the central kitchen, preparing meals for our own kids, and those being served at two satellite locations. This creates a scale of efficiency that benefits both our own operations, and that of our partner, allowing us both the opportunity to increase the level of service provided. The results have been significant and immediate, with the Club seeing 66% more youth than last year, while participation in Learning & Lunches has increased an astonishing 233%! This means more than 100 additional youth are being served in Anacortes, at no additional cost to the community.
We are excited that we will be able to carry this initiative forward this fall in new ways as well, with our Clubhouses in La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley not only providing snack, but adding dinner as well. When combined with breakfast and lunch at school, we can help eliminate food insecurity in kids throughout our communities.