SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
For the past several years, St. Andrew’s has been a major supporter of our Community Summer Lunch Program (SLP) which provides lunch plus so much more for students in our area (most of whom would be receiving free or reduced lunches during the school year). We take seriously our commitment to live out our faith in real action. Feeding the hungry year-round has been a long-term focus of our parish, as evidenced through our Community Meal Program and Christmas Day Dinner.
The SLP welcomes any child living in the Shippensburg Area School District boundaries ages 5-17 and serves an average of 40 students. The program is a friendly environment filled with different daily activities that appeal to many interests: reading, art, music, and sports.
Our vestry has committed support for this program as they know the positive impact this program has on our community children. In past years, we have offered $1000 each year, often raised through a silent auction, to this program to help support their staffing needs and to provide funds for age-appropriate programming for teens. This year we’re making an ask for direct donations. Please help us make an impact in our community by making a generous donation to this worthwhile program. Here’s what one of the staff says about the program:
“SLP creates an inclusive community in which students collaborate and learn from one another. I have seen positive relationships formed among students from diverse backgrounds and varying ages. In addition, connecting with the community has opened doors for kids that otherwise might not have been available. For instance, after going on a field trip to the Ship Fire House/EMS, one teenager heard about their teen volunteer program and is now a junior volunteer firefighter. Another example would be creating a partnership with Lizzie Bailey, a CV granger. After being invited to her home often in 2017 and 2018, the children learned about agricultural, sustainability, and nutrition and tools for healthy living. It’s been a privilege so far to watch kids learn and grow in seven short weeks while also creating positive relationships within the community.”