A-P’s first summer lunch program a success

A dedicated group of A-P staff members and community volunteers launched the district's first Summer Feeding program to keep kids fed throughout the busy summer months. Shown from left to right are: A-P Business Manager Darla Choate, Food Service Director Kathryn Patrick and Head Cook Cindy Stroh. (Photo by Michaela Kendall/Eclipse News-Review)

There’s no denying the connection between nutrition and proper physical and mental development, which is why it’s so important to make sure children are well-fed both inside and outside of school.

With that in mind, a group of staff members and volunteers at Aplington-Parkersburg decided to do their part in helping to keep kids fed over summer break with their very first Summer Feeding program at A-P.

Leading the program were A-P Food Service Director Kathryn Patrick, Head Cook Cindy Stroh and Business Manager Darla Choate.

“We wanted to do this because there are so many kids whose parents work all day, and who might not have someone there to cook them lunch everyday,” Stroh said. “So, a lot of them would probably just eat snack food or junk food because it’s easy. We thought this would be a great way to keep kids fed during the busy summer months.”

Patrick says there were a few challenges getting the program off the ground, but that it was a great success thanks to the volunteers from the community who came together to help with the program, and the generous community members and organizations who donated.

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