Church Life

Summer Lunch

Church Life - November 14, 2019


Nineteen years ago, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church launched its Summer Lunch Program at the prompting of one of its members. This member was a retired teacher who was concerned that the school students who qualified for the federal free or reduced lunch program were not receiving proper, nutritious lunches during the summer school break.

Good Shepherd members went to work on the project. Partnering with Taft Elementary and Glenwood Middle School in the Plain Local district, Good Shepherd annually feeds over 100 adults and children each summer. All of these children qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year.

Each week during the summer, Good Shepherd volunteers bag groceries donated by members of the church. These bags of groceries are distributed to each of the participating families every week. The grocery bags contain some different items every week along with reoccurring items like cereal, bread, milk, pasta, meat and fresh vegetables.

Good Shepherd members donate the food items from a list drawn up by the Summer Lunch Ministry team or they donate monetarily with those funds being used to purchase perishable items such as meat, eggs and milk.

The following is 2019’s list of needed grocery items

  • Cereal (not too sugary)
  • Rice
  • Canned Soup
  • Pasta
  • Applesauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Fruit
  • Crackers
  • Complete Pancake Mix (just add water)
  • Syrup
  • Baked Beans
  • Cookies
  • Jello
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Tuna
  • Macaroni and Cheese

If you would like to purchase and drop off any of these items our recipients would be very appreciative. Monetary donations can also be made with the church office. Please call 330-492-2743 for more details.