The River is looking for volunteers for a mobile lunch program, Madison Urban Nutritional Children's Hotspot (MUNCH). This program provides mobile lunch services directly to children and teens within their local neighborhoods, where it is needed most. MUNCH bridges the gap that exists when school lunch is not available on weekends and over school breaks.
The MUNCH program addresses a basic need for both social and educational growth through a mobile, neighborhood program that brings lunch to children and teens. Proper, consistent nutrition for children is vital to their success in school. It is known that the gap in education achievement of children in poverty is large, and the gap is present even before they start school.
Neighborhoods that are selected for the free lunch distributions have large populations of children eligible for a free school lunch. The River is excited to be working with north side Madison residents directly within their neighborhoods, while also providing an opportunity for other volunteers to get involved.
How can you help?
Volunteer to help.
- 8:30 - 11 a.m. on Saturdays for sandwich production.
- 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and non-school days.
Sign up HERE to volunteer for MUNCH.
Who can volunteer?
Just about anyone. Most of our volunteers are individuals, but we encourage and welcome organized groups to lend us a hand, such as:
- Teams from churches
- Teams from college organizations
- Teams from community organizations
- Employees given time off by their companies to do community work