Brooklyn Center Church Wraps Up Summer Food Program
The sunny summer days are drawing to a close. School starts next week and with that, a food program that makes sure kids have enough to eat wraps up for the year.
The SUNNY program – which stands for Serving Up Nutrition Now for Youth – at Brooklyn United Methodist church usually serves around 8,000 lunches in the summer. This year was no different. Its seventh year saw hundreds of kids and caregivers collect lunches and snacks. SUNNY staff gave out around 250 lunches every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. SUNNY says the program remains vital for the Brooklyn Center area.
“Our schools register probably between 80 and 95 percent free and reduced lunches,” said Pat Swenson, lead coordinator of the program. “So by doing this, our families can make the decision to possibly pay a bill. Or do something else rather than be concerned about providing a lunch for their kids.”
SUNNY can always use donations of cash and healthy snacks. With the food program closing for the school year, they’d prefer cash right now. If you’d like to help, contact Brooklyn United Methodist Church.