TIPP CITY — Since 2010, Tipp Monroe Community Services has been providing free lunches to the children of Tipp City and Monroe Township during the summer months.
In that time, according to TMCS Director Kathy Taylor, the number of meals served has jumped from 849 the first year to more than 7,000 in 2016 — a six year total of approximately 27,530 meals.
This summer’s program, which kicked off June 12 and ends Aug. 18, has served about 1,500 lunches so far, Taylor added.
At the end of the summer, TMCS also gives away school supplies to help students get ready to head back to the classroom.
“We’re working this year to give the kids a pair of shoes,” Taylor said. TMCS is working with Shoes 4 the Shoeless to make this year’s giveaway possible.
The annual program is made possible with the help of many donors and volunteers, she said.
“People can help out in a variety of ways,” Taylor said. Volunteers for the Lunch On Us program are always welcome, she said. TMCS will also accept monetary and gift card donations, as well as donations of school supplies, at their office at 3 E. Main St., Tipp City.
Last week, school district staff and board members volunteered to help serve lunches at the United Methodist Church. Members of the school board, Superintendent Gretta Kumpf, and district employees Kari Prall and Amy Ignet helped to prepare and distribute meals to the kids.
“The Lunch on Us program is a wonderful outreach to our children during the summer months,” Kumpf said in a release.
All of the meals are prepared by Renee Johnson and her staff with food, cash, and gift card donations from members of the community. Lunches that are left over are given to the residents at Liberty Commons.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the United Methodist Church in Tipp City. For those children that cannot come into town, TMCS has several neighborhood drop off locations, including Meadow Drive, Tweed Woods Park, Comanche Lane and Windridge Apartments.
Tipp Monroe Community Services is a nonprofit organization responsible for identifying and filling the needs of Tipp City and Monroe Township residents and providing recreational, educational, cultural and social programs.
For more information about the program, call (937) 667-8631 or visit tmcomservices.org.