Sartori Memorial Hospital Announces Summer Feeding Program in Cedar Falls

posted 6/29/2017 in News

For the second year in a row, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank (NEIFB) and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley will operate a summer feeding program in Cedar Falls thanks to funding from Sartori Memorial Hospital.

Nearly 20 percent of Cedar Valley children struggle with food insecurity. The need becomes greater in the summer when children are home from school and no longer have access to school lunches. The NEIFB and Boys & Girls Clubs were unable to host a summer feeding site in Cedar Falls until Sartori Memorial Hospital provided fund support last summer when federal funds were not available. As part of its commitment to a healthy Cedar Valley, Sartori has continued support of the summer feeding program this year with a donation that will provide for this important program.

"Sartori Memorial Hospital is proud to support this program again as we recognize the need to provide nutrition to our future leaders," stated Mary Jo Kavalier, site administrator at Sartori. "We want to do all we can to support the health of kids in our community."

The donated funds will allow the NEIFB to provide a meal for Cedar Falls children in need at no charge, and will also cover the cost for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Cedar Valley to provide activities after lunch such as crafts, gardening, recreation and learning. The site will operate at Holmes Junior High on Mondays through Thursdays from July 10 through August 10, with lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and activities starting at 12:20 p.m. No registration is required and all youth 18 and under are welcome.

“We are extremely appreciative of the continued support we have received from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare –Iowa for programs related to reducing hunger,” said Barbara Prather, the Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “In order to fill the Meal Gap by 2025, we rely on committed community partners like Sartori Memorial Hospital. This donation will help us serve children in Cedar Falls who struggle with food insecurity.”

In 2016, the Summer Feeding Program of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank provided over 5,000 meals to hungry children in the Cedar Valley. For more information, visit www.northeastiowafoodbank.org.