SUBMITTED BY JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF COLORADO
Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) recently received a $35,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation of West Bloomfield, Michigan, to operate Lunchbox Express, the agency’s summer food distribution program for at-risk children. This grant will help JFS increase the number of meals served and the number of locations where children can receive free summer lunches.
Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that targets discrete areas of underserved children and brings free lunch and books to them during the summer. The program is dedicated to feeding hungry Colorado kids when school is out, and they don’t have access to free or reduced-fee lunches in their schools. JFS is expecting to serve approximately 25,000 meals at 21 locations and to distribute approximately 15,000 books this summer. About 200 children will also receive backpacks filled with school supplies in mid-August to give them the tools they need to return to school in the fall.
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