June 3rd - August 16th
(closed on the 4th of July)
During the school year many children rely on free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, but what happens when school is out? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins. Hunger makes children more prone to illness and other health issues.”
The Picnic in the Park Program provides nutrition for food-insecure children during the summer months, when the school lunch they depended on is unavailable. The program helps fill the nutritional gap so children can get the food they need.
FREE LUNCH is provided to ALL children, ages 1-18 – no exceptions, no income verification, and no identification asked.
Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
During the summer of 2012, The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park summer lunch program served 52,750 free meals, an average of 1,077 per day. The Idaho Foodbank expanded the program by adding 4 additional feeding sites totaling to 22, compared to the 18 sites from summer 2011. The feeding sites ranged from parks to low-income apartment complexes. The Foodbank’s mobile service program, initiated summer 2011, remained an important part of the program and enabled the Foodbank summer staff to expand service to new high-poverty locations. Of the 22 Picnic in the Park sites in Boise, 15 were mobile sites. Those mobile sites provided 22,905 lunches this year, 43% of the total.
Below is a map of all locations served by The Idaho Foodbank and the Boise and Meridian School Districts. View ALL Idaho locations for a complete map/listing of all Idaho summer lunch locations throughout Idaho.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call, toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866)377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Idaho Foodbank is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization
comprised of a partner network of more than 200 hunger relief agencies
throughout the state of Idaho.