‘Filling-the-Gap’ summer lunch program needs volunteers

A nonprofit is seeking volunteers to staff a children’s lunch program for a two-week period between the end of July and the start of school.

Volunteers of high school age or older are needed to staff 15 sites in the Wichita area to serve lunches one or more weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from July 29 through Aug. 9.

This is the third year of the “Filling-the-Gap” program to provide lunches for children between the end of the federally funded summer lunch program and the start of school.

About 8,000 lunches are expected to be served this year, said Sally Fahrenthold, who heads up the effort for Partners for Wichita, a nondenominational nonprofit.

Last summer, 5,500 meals were served, but the number of sites has been increased from 11 to 15 this year. Four people are needed to staff each site.

Plus, Fahrenthold said, “We continue to see an increase in the number of children at risk of hunger.”

The lunches will be served at sites in Wichita, Oaklawn and Haysville. The dates for Haysville are Aug. 2-9 because the school district’s summer lunch program ends later than in Wichita.

Donations of snacks also are needed to help supplement the box lunches that are provided at no charge to children 18 years old and younger. Snack items needed included individual fruit and pudding cups, wrapped snack bars and crackers, packaged fruit treats, bananas or clementine mandarin oranges.

To volunteer or make arrangements to donate snacks, send an e-mail to or call Partners for Wichita at 316-263-1389.

Financial contributions may be sent to Partners for Wichita, 925 N. Waco, Wichita, Ks., 67203. The group also has served lunches during spring break.

Sites where lunches will be served:

North – Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland; Fairview Christian Church, 1650 N. Fairview; Inter-Faith Ministries Villa Court, 930 N. Market.

Northeast – Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E. 19th St.; Dellrose Church, 1502 N. Dellrose; True Word Full Gospel Church, 1108 N. Oliver; Urban League of Kansas, 2418 E. Ninth St.

South and southeast – Colvin Neighborhood City Hall, 2820 S. Roosevelt; Hilltop Community Center, 1329 S. Terrace; Victory Baptist Community of Faith Church, 812 S. Oliver; Lighthouse Community Church (Oaklawn), 3401 E. 47 St. South.

South and southwest – Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church, 1515 E. Harry; New Covenant United Methodist Church, 1718 W. Douglas; Aley Park shelter building, 1803 S. Seneca.

Haysville – Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand (Aug. 2-9).