Share offering free summer meals in Camas

Lunch will be served to children 18 and younger at Camas Friends Church

Free lunches for Camas kids will once again be served this summer.

Share, a Vancouver organization dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless in Clark County, will provide meals to local kids from Monday, June 29 to Friday, Aug. 14, at the Camas Friends Church community room, 1004 N.E. Fourth Ave. The location is an open site, and all children ages 18 and younger can eat a free meal.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pizza will be served one week of the program. Papa Murphy’s is donating gift cards for the food.

“This service is to try and fill in the gap for those children who may not have access to steady meals once school is out for the summer,” said Carrie Pattison, a volunteer with the Camas program. “The the ultimate goal for us volunteers is that the kids are fed. It’s far too easy to turn an eye to the poverty that exists in our community, yes, even Camas.”

Last year, the program served meals in Louis Bloch Park to approximately 20 to 30 children per day.

“There are people who live here who don’t have food or money,” Pattison said. “This may be the only full meal some of these kids get.”

The Camas program is seeking volunteers to help serve meals.

“I know it is during the work day so it may be difficult for some, but I am hoping people will be able to support it in any way that they can,” Pattison said.

To volunteer, contact coordinator Sherry Hulse at sherry.hulse@gmail.com.

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