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This year, Give the Gift of Summer Lunch! For your family, friends, coworkers; on #GivingTuesday, Colorado Gives Day, or any other day of the season!

Philanthropy never goes out of style! Everyone one your list will appreciate a donation in their name to InteGreat! Summer Lunch and one of these classic magnets to remind them that a child will have a full tummy and a chance to play through the summer.

To purchase, email lhartman@eagleyouth.org with order details. We accept cash, check, and credit card.
Remember, this is a tax-deductible charitable gift!

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Vail Daily 2016 Summer Lunch Editorial
Summer Lunch Volunteer Application Form



In three out of five elementary schools in Eagle County, 70 percent of children depend on federal Free and Reduced Lunch to make it through the day. As a result, 150,000 meals go missing each summer when school cafeterias close and family expenses increase. Nearly 16 percent of children in the Vail Valley are food insecure – they worry about where their next meal come from or if it will be enough to fill their tummies. Children who experience food insecurity are five times more likely to encounter behavior problems and suffer from depression. This is problem with a solution. Summer Lunch provides relief for families struggling to put food on the table, while also increasing access to fresh food.

Summer Lunch launched in 2015 and served 7,703 meals at three Eagle County schools. While it serves food to those who need it and is working toward decreasing food insecurities in Eagle County, it does so much more than offer a healthy meal. Families enjoy the opportunity to connect with others, which strengthens our community. As a pilot program during the summer of 2015, improvements will occur for 2016 including transportation, scheduling and additional locations. The Vail Daily wrote a nice feature story on the Summer 2015 program. Click HERE to read it.

In 2016, InteGreat! worked with partners to provide 15,430 meals at 9 sites, spanning over fifty miles from Red Cliff to Gypsum. But Summer Lunch is more than a meal. In addition to a fresh, healthy lunch, the program provides up to three hours of free, enriching activities and adult supervision. To bridge the gap of missing meals, InteGreat! engages the entire community.

In year two of the program, multi-sector entities put lent a hand from the Transit and Housing Authorities to the School District and the Food Bank of the Rockies; from 13 businesses who dedicated staff time to 16 organizations that contributed programming; and from parents who shared their talents every day to AmeriCorps service members who grew our capacity to reach more.

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So many diverse people and groups gave something to Summer Lunch to it give it wings. Over $175,000 of in-kind resources boosted grant funds, allowing more than 800 children to receive the nutrition and enrichment they need to grow, thrive, and be successful.
In 2017, we intend to continue to increase service by 28 percent with a goal of 21,183 meals. Children will have access to a nutritious lunch five days a week, which will increase access by 175 percent over 2016. In addition, we hope to connect the program to more government assistance programs, neighborhood pilot programs, and youth internship opportunities – making InteGreat! Summer Lunch the springboard for increased access to health, community, and economic activity.

We are seeking volunteers to serve at our Summer Lunch sites in Avon, Edwards and Gypsum for Summer 2017. If you are enthusiastic and love children, this is a great volunteer job! Typical shifts last between 11:15 am-1:15 pm. All candidates must complete a brief online orientation. We are also seeing individuals and organizations to share their talents and/or services with children and families who attend Summer Lunch. Enrichment should engage both parents and children, and last approximately 30 minutes. For example, playing an instrument, leading a craft, hosting an outdoor activity. Must be pre-approved by samberg@eagleyouth.org.

Summer Lunch Volunteer Application Form



Summer Lunch 2016 Volunteer Orientation with Audio from Carol Johnson on Vimeo.



Summer Food Communities

Key Partners include:
Eagle County Schools
YouthPower365
Salvation Army Vail
Food Bank of the Rockies
AmeriCorps
Our Community Foundation
Vail Valley Medical Center
US Bank
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Western Colorado Community Foundation


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This level of collective impact will positively impact the lives of more than 3,000 food insecure children and their families. But ultimately, it will strengthen all our community. The Summer Food Communities approach wraps around qualified Summer Food Service Program Open Sites where any child, 0-18, can access a healthy meal at no cost. Open Sites are determined based on the percentage of children who qualify for the National Free and Reduced Lunch program in that designated area. During the summer months, families lose this safety net.

The 2016 Summer Lunch Open Sites:
Avon Elementary in Avon
Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards
Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum


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of Eagle County high school students didn't drink alcohol in the past 30 days.

Eagle River Youth Coalition - Making Youth a Community Priority
Physical Address: 34520 US Highway 6, C10 | Edwards, CO 81632
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4613 | Edwards, CO 81632
Phone: 970.949.9250 | info@eagleyouth.org
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