"Lunch in the Park" Tries to Get More Kids Involved

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COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is looking for more children to participate in its daily "Lunch in the Park" program at Douglass park. The event is held daily at 11:30 a.m. and provides nutritious lunches to students and community members throughout the summer.

Ron Schmidt of the Voluntary Action Center said this summer has had less participants in the program, approximately 50 to 70 children a day, instead of the 70 to 90 participants the group saw last year. Schmidt said this is because the University of Missouri summer program "Fun City" no longer participates in "Lunch in the Park." The school district now provides lunch for "Fun City" and it is held inside because of the summer heat.

Even though there haven't been as many participants this year, the number of volunteers in the program has increased. Schmidt said the Voluntary Action Center filled all the volunteer spots back in May and even had to turn away a few people who wanted to volunteer.

"Lunch in the Park" is open to all summer programs and community members. Schmidt says the main goal of the program is to provide a nutritious lunch for kids in Columbia free of charge.