Food is essential to well-being and it is important that everyone has access to food that is fresh and nutritious. The agency is striving to meet this goal through our Nutrition & Wellness Programs.
Each year nearly 13,000 area students receive free and reduced meals at school. These children often go without 3 full meals a day during the summer. The Summer Food Service Program, or Summer Meals, provides free meals to any child 18 or younger at seven area locations. Summer Meals Volunteers pick up meals from Horizons, deliver to a site, and distribute the meals to the children, making sure the site operates in accordance with USDA guidance and requirements.
Kids 18 and Under can receive free meals at the following sites from June 5-August 22
*Serving at these sites begins at 12:30pm. All other sites are 11:30am.
If you are interested in volunteering at these sites, please click here: Volunteer Here
Horizons' Sharing Local Foods program promotes using local food/farmers and providing nutritious, fresh produce for all. Not only does fresh taste better, it is also more nutritious and better for the environment. The produce shared is donated by organizations and individual members of our community. The produce is free for clients and volunteers or is utilized in Meals on Wheels meals. Signs that identify the produce and the health benefits are provided along with budget friendly recipes using limited ingredients.
Sharing Tables are located at the main Horizons building, and at Oakhill Jackson Church and SE Linn Community Center during congregate meals. Attendees can help themselves to donated foods, including bakery items and fresh produce when available.
The Fresh Conversations Program is a monthly nutrition education program led by an on-site facilitator at congregate meal sites. Fresh Conversations attendees receive a monthly newsletter focusing on current nutrition and health topics; activities and exercises that improve flexibility, strength and balance; and recipe sampling.
|Site Name||Address||Day of Month & Time|
1201 10th St. SE
|3rd Tuesday @ 10:30|
|SE Linn Community Center||
108 S. Washington St.
|3rd Monday @ 11:30|
111 Orange St.
|4th Thursday @ 10:30|
137 4th St. North
|4th Wednesday @11:00|
|Belle Plaine Community Center||
1309 5th Ave.
|4th Wednesday @1:30|
1083 Court Ave.
4th Friday @ 1:00
|HACAP North Benton Family Resource Center||202 East 4th St.
Vinton, IA 52349
|3rd Thursday @9:00|
1570 Rowley St.
|3rd Wednesday @ 12:30|
101 Emmons St.
|4th Tuesday @11:00|
|Marion Lowe Park Arts and Environment Center||
4500 N. 10th St.
|3rd Thursday @11:00|
|4th Wednesday @ 12:30|