Share Launches Summer Meal Program for Kids and Teens

Share launched its Summer Meals program on June 20, to help provide free meals to all children and teens 18 and under throughout the summer. The program will operate at 13 Vancouver-area locations until August 12.

“The goal of the Share’s Summer Meals program is to provide support to families when school doors are closed, by providing a safe place for children to socialize and get a healthy meal,” said Becci Read-Ryan, responsible for Share’s meal and nutrition programs. “Nutrition is so important to overall well-being and quality of life. We are working to reduce barriers to food and empower underserved populations to access the food they want to eat and to the food that will help them succeed.

All meal locations, including dates and times that meals will be served, can be viewed at; program information is also available in Spanish.

Meals must be taken on site; no paperwork is required and no personal information is collected. No meals will be provided at any site on the 4th of July, in recognition of National Independence Day.

Share needs volunteers to prepare and deliver the meals. To register for a volunteer shift, visit or contact Molly Evjen at [email protected] Volunteers must be 12 or older to volunteer in a commercial kitchen. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Meals is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses vendors who serve free healthy meals to children and teens when school is not in session. No documentation is required to receive meals and Share does not collect personal information.

Founded in 1979, Share operates four homeless shelters, an affordable housing and stability program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit model apartment complex first), a street outreach program, a Housing and Basic Needs (HEN), Rent Well (a tenant education program), and Hot Meals, a daily meal program (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) that is free and open to the community. Share also runs a backpacking program in partnership with 84 local schools to provide weekly food bags to over 850 children and their families, as well as distribute over 25 weekly food pantry boxes and operate 18 food pantries. of fresh produce. For more information, visit or

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