HSE/Fishers Summer Meals Program
The FYAP Board is seeking financial support and volunteers to expand its 2018 Summer Lunch Program to serve between 300 to 500 students, who need a source of food during the summer months.
Our original goal was to serve 400 kids with 36,000 meals from June to August. But within a 24-hour period of opening registration, we exceeded capacity.
Now we need YOUR HELP to feed an additional 200 kids this summer. Following is a flyer about the THREE WAYS you can help:
2018 Summer Meals Grocery List
Shopping list: The menu is designed for young chefs, so we are requesting items that do not require additional ingredients and that are easier to open, such as easy-pull tops. Individual and microwavable servings preferred.
(KINDLY PURCHASE LISTED ITEMS ONLY - PLEASE, NO WATER DONATIONS)
- Instant Oatmeal (box of individual packets)
- Granola Bars (box of individually wrapped)
- Mini Muffins (box of individually wrapped)
- Canned Vegetables (corn, beans, carrots, etc. with pull top)
- Jelly (in plastic jar)
- Fruit or Applesauce Cups (individual servings)
- Mac n Cheese CUPS (easy to prepare)
- Rice Cups (easy to prepare)
- Chicken Noodle Soup (pull top or microwave preferred)
- Vegetable Soup (pull top or microwave preferred)
- Crackers (boxers with individual sleeves such as Ritz, Town House, Saltines, etc)
- Chef Boyardee Cups (individual microwave cups)
- Canned Chicken (pull top or pouch)
- Instant Broccoli and Cheese Rice Pouch (microwaveable)
- Black beans (pull top preferred)
- Cereal (any Cheerios or other whole food)
- Peanut Butter
Notice expiration dates:
- Shredded cheese (expiration date 7/30 or later)
- Yogurt (expiration date 7/30 or later)
- Cheese Slices (individually wrapped slices with expiration date 7/30 or later)
The HSE/Fishers Summer Lunch Program started as a response to the needs of one family. Despite having a dual-income household, a family reached out to staff in the summer of 2016 looking for resources to defer food costs. During the school year, this family received school meals at a reduced rate. However, with all three children home for the summer, they were quickly suffering financially.
Unfortunately, with the socio-economic base within Hamilton County, the school systems are not able to receive any state or federal financial support for any meal programs in the summer. Accordingly, there is a gap in meals for those families during the summer time.
For the summer of 2017, more than 12,000 meals were served to 185 children. The program garnered support from the Fishers Fire Department, as well as five community food drives. The depth of support came from direct funding provided, in large part, by St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, Kroger Corp. and the Fishers Police Department sponsored Pack-A-Cruisier event that brought in over 11,000 items.
For more information about how you can help, click the links below.