MADISON, Wis. — June 30, 2022 — Students at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Middleton recently received a hands-on learning experience about childhood hunger in Madison from The River Food Pantry’s mobile meals program, Munch.
Munch Coordinator, Jarod Hoffarth, and Interns, Lane Lemke and Emma Gellerstedt, drove the Munch vehicle to St. Luke’s to present about Munch to nearly 30 third, fourth and fifth graders in the vacation bible school, along with several youth and adult assistants.
The purpose of this visit was to teach students how and why the Munch program delivers thousands of free healthy lunches to children and adults in low-income neighborhoods throughout Madison each year. Hoffarth, Lemke and Gellerstedt gave tours of the Munch vehicle, explained how to read nutrition facts labels, shared stories, and answered students’ questions about food pantries.
To experience the Munch distribution process, students had an opportunity to choose from a variety of fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks to enjoy.
“It’s important to teach kids about hunger and food insecurity in our community and how they can help,” said Rhonda Adams, Executive Director of The River. “We are grateful to St. Luke’s for requesting this wonderful educational opportunity to learn how we can all help nourish our neighbors in need.”
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About The River Food Pantry
The River is South Central Wisconsin’s busiest food pantry. Services include free groceries and freshly prepared meals for pickup or delivery, online grocery orders, and mobile meals. The River also redistributes rescued food and resources to local partners to increase access while minimizing waste. Since 2006, The River has grown to serve over 2,000 people every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.