BOONE, Iowa—Last year, it was literally days before school let out for the summer and a group from the First United Methodist Church were determined to make free lunches available to any child that wanted one. Things came together, volunteers stepped up and quite a few people were served meals, but they want to do better. Barb Veal and Mary Wirtz were on the KWBG “Tuned In” program Monday and said they are more organized this year. They’ve already begun sending notices home with children and have a number of churches and individuals lined up to help. Their plan is to begin serving a lunch on Monday, June 3rd and to keep serving those lunches every Monday thru Friday until August 14th when school starts again. The only day off would be on the 4th of July.
Wirtz says the meals are not extravagant, but are nutritious and this year, they plan to add more variety. Veal says the meals will be served at four locations beginning June 3rd, the American Legion Cabin at 1928 Boone Street, the Open Bible Church at 1224 Hancock Drive, Crawford Hall at 107 State Street and at the First United Methodist Church at 703 Arden Street. The locations were selected because of handicap accessibility. Children can get rides to the serving locations. Parents can contact Boone County Transportation at 432-5038. United Way of Boone County has provided additional funding of more than $1,700 to Boone County Transportation to support the rides.
Veal says if any individual wants to volunteer to help or any group wants to volunteer, they can begin by contacting the First United Methodist Church at 432-4660. More comments from Veal and Wirtz can be heard here.