Local data indicates about 4,800 meals on average are missed daily in Rapid City. While school-aged children have access to five well-balanced lunches – and often breakfast, too – each week during the school year, people on the frontlines of fighting hunger in our community fear that many kids miss those important meals when the school year ends.
Rapid City Collective Impact and its community partners are working together to encourage local kids to utilize existing programs that serve children, ages 1-18, free meals during the summer months.
A map detailing the summer food sites went out to elementary and middle school students in Rapid City Area Schools on May 12; a media event on May 17 helped to promote the summer programs and RCCI’s ongoing food security efforts; and public service announcements are scheduled to run on two Rapid City television stations and several local radio stations through July.
The Rapid City Club for Boys, Youth & Family Services’ Monroe Street and Mother Butler Center locations, and General Beadle Elementary began serving summer meals this week. All 14 of the local sites will be open by Monday, June 5. In addition, a donation from Black Hills Energy will fund a pilot program allowing the Rapid City YMCA to provide free lunch to kids on Saturdays this summer at the Y’s downtown location.
Every mouth. Every meal. Every day. Let’s work together to feed Rapid City!