St. Luke’s Summer Lunch Program prepares for 19th year of serving hungry kids


It’s a summer tradition that’s about to start again Monday on Wheeling Island.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serves a free summer lunch to children, at noon Monday through Friday.

Judy Rebich started the program 19 years ago, when she realized many children go hungry when school is not in session.

So she is crafting the menu, based on what she knows the kids like.

Monday they’ll have the traditional first day food–DiCarlo’s Pizza.

“And I’ve always had Taco Tuesdays because the little ones love tacos,” said Rebich. “And I have breakfast foods one day during the week, like pancakes and sausage or bacon and eggs. I do that once a week for the kids. And macaroni and cheese. And hot dogs. I try to make it things that kids really enjoy.”

It runs June 11 through July 20.

They’d welcome donations of gently used children’s DVDs or books.

They’d also welcome donations of food–anything from cookies and cupcakes to hamburger patties and hot dogs.

It is not government subsidized; it all comes from the church and generous donors like Jebbia’s Market which provides the fruit.

This year, Rebich bought a cotton candy machine so she can send the kids home with a treat.

To find out more about how you can help, you can call (304) 280-3397.

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