JACKSON, Wyo. — Hole Food Rescue will launch its Sprout Summer Lunch Program Monday, June 14. Through this initiative, Hole Food Rescue aims to eradicate childhood hunger in Teton County by serving free nutritious lunches throughout the summer. The HFR Sprout Mobile will visit three locations daily, June 14th through August 27, from 10:30 to 2:30pm. Dedicated HFR volunteers will also deliver lunches to local camps for children on One22’s Unified Summer Scholarship program. New this year, Hole Food Rescue will add Sprout Stands in three identified neighborhoods from 5-6 pm that will allow working families to pick up their children’s lunch the evening prior.
“Last year participants commented that their work schedule conflicted with the Sprout Mobile’s afternoon hours. We used this feedback to adapt and ensure lunches are easily accessible for all, and are excited to add Sprout Stands to the program,” says Hannah Cooley, Program Director at HFR.
Last summer, Hole Food Rescue was called on to feed more children during the pandemic. With the support of generous community donations, HFR heightened its efforts to meet this critical need and by the end of the summer served 6,338 lunches. In addition, 1,877 books were distributed to children in partnership with Teton County Library which will partner with the Sprout program again, providing free reading materials for all ages.
“More than 17% of children in our community rely on free and reduced-priced meals during the school year for their nutritional needs. We estimate we will serve over 8,000 lunches this summer and are prepared to meet the growing need to fight food insecurity in Teton County,” says Lisa Lent, Executive Director of Hole Food Rescue.
In addition to free lunches, many local non-profit organizations have signed up to provide activities in the parks for children. The Cougar Fund, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Teton Music Festival, JH Historical Society & Museum, St. John’s Episcopal Church of JH, Teton County 4H, Teton County Search and Rescue, Teton Literacy Center, and Teton Raptor Center are all activity partners for 2021.
Be on the lookout for the Sprout Mobile this summer! Be sure to follow @hfrsproutmobile on Instagram to stay up to date on the schedule. To learn more about the program, or make a donation to fuel the program’s continuation visit www.holefoodrescue.org/sprout.