Come & Get it! (the summer lunch story)

Let’s talk summer lunch, shall we?

Last week I was on Summer Lunch duty (I was on first shift which made it a little more stressful). Three interns are on duty at a time and we work 8am – 1pm Monday through Thursday.

Summer Lunch is a program for low income families (which, with the cost of living being so outrageously high in Nome – everyone can technically qualify). It serves a full hot meal every day; this means that every food group must be met in the correct quantities – 2-4 oz. protein, 1/2 cup veggies, etc.

The meals are on a three week schedule. We interns do not plan and/or modify the meals or recipes (unfortunately – I’d love to get my hands on that!). We just show up, get our meal plan for the day and cook. it. up. đŸ™‚

At about 11, the daycare across the street comes to pick up their meals and then at noon the children arrive for their food! We serve their dinner, take a count (so the meals can be reimbursed) and then clean up.

There are a few bumps I wish could be ironed out… a few issues that have come up are the health value of the meals, finding meals the children will eat and enjoy, all while maintaining a budget since grocery prices are astronomical!

Here are some shots of summer lunch…



Stirring up some ground beef!






Writing the menu for the day!

Well that’s summer lunch, hope that clears it up for everyone out there! Any questions – let me know and I’ll be happy to answer as best I can đŸ™‚

~Make today awesome. ~

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