Quakertown News

Published on September 27th, 2019

Children Benefited from Summer Meals Program in Quakertown

St. Luke’s University Health Network’s new Summer Meals Program in Quakertown achieved its goal of making sure local children had access to nutritious lunches during the summer months.

Throughout the summer, the program provided a total of 593 free meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger who were in need.

In addition to the meals, 150 community-supported agriculture shares were given out to families who have little access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and 109 backpacks full of non-perishable food items were distributed to help feed families over the weekends.

St. Luke’s Summer Meals Program was created in response to the Network’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, which found that many students are eligible for reduced-cost or free lunches during the school year. When school let out, however, these children were at risk of going hungry during the summer.

The Summer Meals Program received a boost from Penn Community Bank, which contributed $15,162.

Thanks to this gift and the work of St. Luke’s to strengthen its community, the children who participated in the Summer Meals Program enjoyed healthy lunches and a head-start on the new school year.

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