Last call for lunch

With the school year inching closer, the Webster City Summer Lunch Program has drawn to a close for the season.

The program, which has been hosted in the Webster City Middle School Commons, served its final meals for the year on Thursday. Diane Lacey, program supervisor, said the program’s second year has gone well.

As the program began in mid-June, Lacey said volunteers were very busy. In a June interview with Lori Hartnett, food service director, she told The Daily Freeman-Journal that the program serves hundreds of kids in the commons. On Thursday, as the program wrapped up, Lacey said the pace had slowed down somewhat. Still, at about noon, the commons was packed with students and their parents enjoying hamburgers.

The program doesn’t just serve up meals. Visiting children can also pick up free books, play with games, blocks and coloring books placed on the tables, and participate in drawings. On Thursday, several children won prizes including an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen and a pass to the Webster City Outdoor Pool.

The Webster City Community School District is looking to continue the program next year. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the district is planning to host it next year. However, that’s only if the district is able to secure funding for the program through the state of Iowa again next year.

While the program can’t continue without that funding, it also requires the volunteers that attend the program each day. Lacey said it’s very rewarding for everyone involved.

“We really enjoy it. The helpers here are great. I couldn’t do it without them,” Lacey said.