Kid’s Lunch Buddies

Due to COVID-19, FROM’s Winter Lunch Buddies will require registration ahead of time- see details below. 

FROM’s Kid’s Lunch Buddies program provides five free lunches each week for school aged children during school breaks (Winter, Spring, and Summer) to help families in need stretch their grocery budget when their children are home from school and can’t access school lunches.

Lunch Buddies also encourages children to play an active role in choosing from healthy food options in a mini-store designed specifically for kids located at FROM.

When you donate to FROM your donation helps our neighbors address financial issues, food insecurity, and more during this pandemic. You help us provide HOPE to our neighbors in need.

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Who Can Come To Kid’s Lunch Buddies?

Kid’s Lunch Buddies is available to families with children (ages 3-18) that

  • live in the Lowell Area School District
  • are in need of emergency food
  • or are in a household where the income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (Click here to see current federal poverty guidelines)

Please contact our Connections Office at (6160) 897-8260 ext. 124 with any questions.

What to Expect My First Time at Kid’s Lunch Buddies

Kid’s Lunch Buddies are held once a week during school breaks (click here to visit our calendar for official days and times).

New for Winter 2020: Registration is required. To register, visit the Food Pantry or call FROM between Dec 2 and Dec 18. You should bring in a photo ID and current piece of mail when you come in and will also be asked questions about your child(ren)’s grade and school as well as address and contact information.

Return to FROM on December 22 between 1:00-6:00 p.m. and you will be provided food for 10 lunches for each child.

What Kinds of Foods Can I Expect at Kid’s Lunch Buddies?

We make every effort to ensure the food choices at Kid’s Lunch Buddies are nutritious items that kids like. We choose items that follow our Healthy Food Policy (read more about that here) and are focused on whole grains and fruits and vegetables without a lot of added sugars.

Some foods we offer include whole grain cereals, whole grain breadsticks, carrots, potatoes, celery, peppers, apples, bananas, applesauce, mandarin oranges and more.

New for Winter 2020: families will receive a box of food and will also be able to choose from a small selection of items for a total of 10 lunches. Additional details provided on December 22.

Kid’s Lunch Buddies Hours:

Kid’s Lunch Buddies are held during winter, spring and summer breaks. They typically meet on a Tuesday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. however this may be adjusted due to Christmas/New Year’s and other holidays.

Winter Lunch Buddies 2020 will take place on December 22, 2020 from 1:00 -6:00 p.m.

For other dates, click here to visit our calendar.

How Can I Help?

Interested in learning how you can be a part of our Kid’s Lunch Buddies program? Visit our Other Ways to Give for ways to help including what items you can donate and available volunteer opportunities.