Health/Medical
1:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Summer meal program seeks to serve the needs of Council Bluffs children and families

Children and families in Council Bluffs have ten places to get summer meals through July.

One of those “places” is a food truck that’ll primarily be located at the city’s skate park. It’s part of a summer meal program Hunger Free Heartland is calling “Hungry for Happiness Council Bluffs.” Sue Arment is director of Hunger Free Heartland. She says the summer meal program fills a significant community need.

"If you look at the childhood food insecurity rate over Pottawattamie County, a little over 19 percent of the children are considered food insecure, which means they don’t always know where their next meal is coming from. So we looked at an analysis of where the highest need was based on income and free and reduced lunch, and where we saw a great opportunity for kids to be where they already congregated, in a park area."

The ten summer meal program sites in Council Bluffs are open Monday through Friday until July 26, and are closed July 4 and 5. As with the meal programs in Omaha, parents who accompany children to the summer food site can get a meal as well.

More information and a complete list of sites are available at www.hungerfreeheartland.org.