LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster is currently accepting monetary donations for the Lancaster Lunchbox Program. The objective of the program is to serve disadvantaged students weekly by providing care packages filled with nutritious foods to take home with them each weekend.
The program, which is powered by the Lancaster Youth Commission, takes place at Sierra Elementary School.
The care packages are assembled by volunteers and distributed on Fridays after school. Each package contains two breakfast items, two snack items, two lunch items, one fruit cup, one vegetable cup and two main course meals. This menu accommodates a child’s daily nutritional needs, providing the nourishment required during weekend hours when the student is away from school.
“The goal of a food resource program such as this is to not only address the issue of hunger amongst community youth, but also to increase school attendance, improve student performance, and boost self-esteem — all of which become problematic when hunger is a factor in a child’s daily life,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “We challenge local businesses and organizations to consider contributing to this program; thus investing into the lives of these young students.”
The issues associated with childhood hunger can be addressed, in a large part, through the Lancaster Lunchbox program for a modest financial investment.
Serving one student costs $3 per week, $12 per month or $144 per year. Through the Lancaster Lunchbox program, the City and the Lancaster Youth Commission seek to inspire and promote the expansion of this effort throughout the Lancaster School District, striving to eventually operate food pantries in every local school.
All tax deductible monetary donations can be made at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Avenue. For more information, contacting the city’s Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at 661-723-6077.
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)