Hey Mom & Dad! Free Summer Lunches Available for Laramie Kids
Remember when eggs were almost $10 a dozen, just a few months ago? Between supply chain disruptions, animal and plant diseases, a pandemic, food prices have drastically escalated.
Most years, food prices increase about 2%. Post-pandemic, that increase stood at 11%, the highest increase since big hair and leggings of the 80s (U.S. Government Accountability Office).
Laramie Meets the Challenge to Feed Hungry Kids During Summer
Many of our local organizations have risen to the challenge to feed our community. Now that kids are out of school, Feeding Laramie Valley offers free lunch for youth 0-18. If able, they ask for a donation of $1.50 per adult accompanying children. Lunch will be throughout summer, Monday-Friday until August 11. They are located at 968 N. 9th St.
Lunch is available for pickup from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. No calling ahead is necessary–just show up and get lunch to go. There are vegetarian, gluten-free, and egg-free varieties available. Their menu is posted daily on their Facebook page. Included with each lunch is a fun to-go activity; during pick-up, children can also participate in enriching activities.
FLV also offers shares pickups, where participants can pick up bags of fresh produce every week. They donate over 7,000 pounds of produce to households each year.
Other FREE Food Options for Kids & Families Around Laramie
Other organizations in town offer food Monday-Friday. The Laramie Soup Kitchen offers a daily lunch from 10:30-1, to eat in the dining hall or take to-go. Laramie Interfaith Food Pantry is open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and offers food, personal hygiene products, and other necessities.
A free Sunday dinner to eat in or to-go is offered by Laramie Connections at First Baptist Church on 15th & Canby, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Also, FLV would also appreciate your clean plastic grocery bags to donate to Laramie Interfaith.