Lunch bunch

Azia Koser, who will be a junior at Milton High School, and Eleanor Parker, who will be a senior at Milton High School assist One Apple Lunch Bunch organizer Barb Braun with lunch distribution at Milton United Methodist Church.

More than 170 children have signed up for the free summer lunch program in Milton.

The community effort is being coordinated by One Apple Lunch Bunch, affiliated with Milton United Methodist Church.

This is the first year that people had to sign up to receive the lunches. Previously they just showed up at a park.

About 100 children pick up lunches at Harmony Elementary School and about 75 pick up lunches at Milton United Methodist Church, 241 Northside Drive.

The meals are distributed using curbside pickup 11 a.m.-noon.

Pickups are two days a week at each location. Two lunches will be distributed one day and three the other.

Monday and Wednesday lunch distribution is at Harmony Elementary. Tuesday and Thursday lunch distribution is at Milton United Methodist Church.

The summer lunch program runs through Aug. 30.

Organizer Barb Braun said people can still sign up online (https://tinyurl.com/ycxkao3r).

“We have plenty of food that we can serve,” said Braun.

The program is not income-based but children (ages 18 and younger) should live in the Milton School District.

Distributing the meals are Milton High School students working to earn a silver cord for volunteer hours and volunteers from the church and community. Staff members from the elementary schools also have helped.

Landmark Service Cooperative is one of the corporate sponsors and provided a $1,200 donation and 15 cases of beef sticks.

Cargill is another corporate sponsor.

United Way Blackhawk region facilitated federal grant money for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Rock County nonprofits. One Apple Lunch bunch received $8,245 of this money.

Funding also came from the Milton memorial fund at Milton United Methodist Church, a Methodist foundation, Milton Fund, and local businesses and residents. Milton FFA provided yogurt and string cheese.

The Milton Summer Lunch Program has its own Facebook page.

Questions? Call Braun at 608-658-3930 or email oneapplelunchbunch@gmail.com.

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