Group provides free lunches at Star park

7's Hero: Star Outreach

STAR - Summer lunch programs across the Treasure Valley have helped feed thousands of kids in need during the months when school is out.

One of the programs you may not know about is in the small community of Star, and it's open to anyone who needs a meal.

Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Blake Park, Star Outreach provides lunch for anyone, not just kids.

It's made possible thanks to volunteers and a WalMart grant. The group also helps community members year-round.

"From a coat drive to having the food bank, we started summer lunch." said Connie Krebs, Director of Star Outreach. "We have a recycle bicycle program, we do a back to school drive, we do two food drives a year, and then we do adopt-a-family at Christmas time."

The summer lunch program is completely volunteer-driven. For volunteer Sarah Lee, it's a family event.

"My stepdad is the grill master on Tuesdays," she said. "And my mom is always here helping serve fruit. She's kind of the resident grandma on Tuesdays. Usually I have my kids with me and we come together as a family to help the community."

Sarah's stepdad, Rick Woodall, says contributing to Star Outreach is mutually beneficial.

"I like to serve," he said. "It does me as much good as it does helping the others. I did it last year, hopefully I'll be around to do it next year."

The Star branch of the Ada County Library also sends a staff member to read to the kids.

LifeSpring Church hosts Wednesday's summer lunch. And on Thursday, the Star Lions Club takes over at the park.

"If we didn't have volunteers, we would not have any of our programs," said Connie.

The summer is winding down, but you can bet Star Outreach will be back serving up summer lunch next year.

For more information on the group's summer lunch program and other year-round programs, check out their Facebook page and website.


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