After eating their lunch, these kids lend a hand stewarding Bayer Farm.
The Summer Free Lunch Program for youth at Bayer Farm is once again underway. Every weekday, all summer long, any young person has an opportunity to spend the entire afternoon outside on the land - participating in a free, shared meal, unstructured play, physical exercise, organic gardening, health education, summer reading and a vibrant community of all ages - at no cost.
After a hot lunch provided by Redwood Empire Food Bank (and served under the shade of a walnut tree), children and families are invited to linger and enjoy the land - to help steward the community gardens, pick berries, and learn about health and outdoor access opportunities from visiting agencies and organizations such as Regional Parks and the Center for Well Being. Parents offer story time and the Bookmobile is parked with free books for kids. On July 15th, the Imaginists will present their "Art is Medicine" show at Bayer Farm during the lunch hour.
Thanks to a core group of a dozen Bayer Farm volunteers, working alongside LandPaths Staff and the Redwood Empire Food Bank, hundreds of kids and their families are reaping the mental and physical benefits of spending a bulk of each day outdoors and sharing a meal amongst friends, all summer long.
The Free Lunch Program is offered Monday - Friday from 12pm-1pm at Bayer Farm in Roseland - 1550 West Ave. Youth 18 and under are invited to receive a free, hot meal through August 8th. For the first time this year, parents are also welcome to receive a free lunch on Fridays as long as they are accompanying their child.
If you are interested in presenting during the Summer Free Lunch Program, please contact Omar Gallardo for more information.
LandPaths depends upon community support in order to offer a wide breadth of community-enriching programs at Bayer Farm.Please click here to donate.
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