Landmark Sponsors Local Summer Lunch Program

Landmark Services Cooperative is excited to once again sponsor the Edgerton Community Outreach (ECO) Lunch in the Park summer food program for children.

ECO understands that many of the children who receive free and reduced lunch at school during the school year suffer greatly during the summer months, due to lack of food options and availability at home. “Landmark’s partnership has enabled Lunch in the Park to provide children and families an opportunity to enjoy a meal together for another summer season,” said Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO.

Lunch in the Park is looking a bit different this year as they navigate social distancing. This summer, ECO is partnering with the Edgerton School District to provide the meals. “ECO staff and volunteers are packaging and delivering meals to 158 kids in Edgerton on Mondays and Wednesdays,” said Meyers. “Each kid receives two lunches, so volunteers package 300-plus meals each time.”

“In summer 2017, we served 195 people; in summer 2018, we served 270; and in summer 2019, we served 340,” said Meyers. “It’s great to see the yearly expansion as Lunch in the Park serves more kids in need. Landmark’s continued support helps us make sure that kids have access to food during what could be a difficult time for them and their families.”

Finding a way to help children in local communities combat hunger with programs like these is a natural fit for an agricultural cooperative like Landmark. “We are excited to participate in the Lunch in the Park program for a third year by partnering with ECO to help serve food to children in need,” said Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark. “ECO puts on a great program that helps fill the nutritional need for students in the summer while Alyssa makes everyone feel welcomed. We are proud to be a part of their efforts.”

Cutline:  Landmark Services Cooperative donated $1,200 to ECO on June 8 to go toward the Lunch in the Park initiative. Pictured from left to right: Alyssa Meyers, food pantry coordinator of ECO; Emily Pope, director of programs of ECO; Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of Landmark