Spotlight

Paulding Summer Lunch Program

By Dan Pervorse

Preparations for The Paulding Summer Lunch program are in full swing as several area ministries once again prepare to serve children and families in need during their summer break from school. CAYA Reconciliation Ministries, Hope Church of Dallas and Dallas First United Methodist Church have once again partnered together to provide sack lunches to kids in our community during their summer break from school. Volunteers come together daily from these organizations as well as many other churches and organizations throughout Paulding County to prepare and deliver more than 600 lunches a day.

The recipients of these lunches are children and youth who would typically receive a free or reduced price lunch at school. That service provided throughout the school year helps families who struggle to make ends meet stretch their budget by not having to use their limited resources to purchase a school lunch or food to make a lunch for their kids to take to school. Over the past several years the Paulding County school system has averaged between 45% and 50% of the student body benefitting from the lunch program.

Once summer hits many of these families struggle to shuffle those limited dollars to provide food for their kids who are home from school. Although The Summer Lunch Program cannot feed all of these kids on the school free lunch program, we are reaching as many as we can with the resources that we have. This summer program is designed to help them make it through the summer by providing a free sack lunch to the children of these families.

Paper lunch bags

In 2017, The Paulding Summer Lunch partners provided just over 20,000 sack lunches to the children in our community. During the past seven years of this program in Paulding County almost 160,000 lunches have been provided to our kids.

This is a huge undertaking that depends greatly on volunteer involvement. Help is needed to donate supplies for the lunches and to help us make the lunches. All lunches are provided through the generous donations of people in our community. If you would like to volunteer, donate lunch supplies or give financially to this wonderful endeavor, please call

CAYA at 770-445-9303,

Hope Church at 770-505-8720 or

Dallas First United Methodist Church at 770-443-5808.

Please consider coming along side of us to get involved in what God is doing right here in Paulding County as we serve lunches this summer to our children. He is bringing people together to enjoy being part of an uplifting and inspirational experience where friendships are developed as we share hope from God. Don’t miss out on lifting up someone that is discouraged, or being a smiling face to someone who really needs joy.

The lunch program is Monday through Friday mornings. There are many ways you can participate. Come help one time, once a week or all Summer long. Come alone, with friends or with your family. Help with food donations or financial donations. Call us or check us out on Facebook. You’ll find us on Facebook at “Paulding Summer Lunch.” Come see what can happen when you make yourself available to be used by Him.