Kids ‘n Kops summer lunch program lets youngsters eat healthy while learning

Published 4:43 pm Friday, June 1, 2018

Kids ‘n Kops will continue its summer lunch program for the third year in a row this June, where children in Bainbridge will be fed nutritional meals and get to know local policemen.

“It’s a way for us to feed them, get to know them and teach them,” said David Cutchin, one of the founders of Kids ‘n Kops in Bainbridge.

Provided by the National School Lunch Program, meals are given at the Joe Sweet Community Center on Potter Street to any kid under 18 who would like to participate. The only exception will be Monday, June 4, where the meals will be served at the Performing Arts Building at the Earle May Boat Basin. A bus will stop to pick them up at five locations around Bainbridge, feed them at the community center, and drop them back off. Parents are also allowed to bring their children themselves.

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Cutchin said the first summer in 2016 had a low turnout. Last summer was much larger, with anywhere between 50 to 80 kids coming to be fed per day.

He hopes it gets even bigger this year.

“Certainly, we want them to have enough nutrition during the summer,” said Cutchin. “Second of all, it gives us an opportunity to get to know the kids. We are also going to be providing literature during the program, too, handing out slightly used books to the kids. We’re providing them with other learning material related to safety issues.”

All meals must be eaten at the facility, with no take-outs allowed.

Feeding will take place between Monday, June 4 and Thursday, June 28. Meals will be provided every Monday through Thursday during that time period.