Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the Marion Methodist Church by volunteers. Volunteers drive to the sites and hand out the lunches to the children. FLY aims to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the joy of providing and giving to children.
In the summer of 2007, a group from Marion Methodist participated in a mission experience in North Omaha. While there, the group served meals, helped at a food pantry, and helped out throughout the city. Group members were reminded that in our own community there are people who need these same things. Teachers in this group talked about the students who rely on hot lunch programs at their schools. For some students, those are the only meals they get. On days when there is no school, there may be no food for them.
After we returned home, this group invited others to explore and plan how to meet the needs of those children who may not eat when school is not in session. We decided to create FLY (feeding Lunch to Youth and their families) during those times. Our first lunch was served during winter break of 2007. Since that time, we have grown to 11 locations and average 400 lunches a day.
Summer Serving Sites
Valley View Apartments – 635 Ashton Place NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Marion Village Mobile Home Park – 700 35th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Eagle Ridge Mobile Home Park – 1285 Red Fox Way, Marion, IA 52302
Squaw Creek Mobile Home Park – 6201 Hennessey Parkway, Marion IA 52302
Chapel Ridge Apartment – 1 Chapelridge Circle, Marion, IA 52302
Novak Elementary – 401 29th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
Wilkins Elementary – 2127 27th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Bowman Woods Elementary – 151 Boyson Road, Marion, IA 52302
Lindale Manor Mobile Home Park – 400 Lindale Drive, Marion, IA 52302
Vernon Middle School, 1350 4th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
Marion Community Center
It’s Easy. It’s Fun. It Matters
Marion Methodist packs and delivers lunches on Tuesdays and Fridays.
FLY Serves Monday – Friday
10:00 – 12:30 (10 people needed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Sack contents of lunch bag
11:45 – 12:30 (24 people needed daily)
Pick up lunches at Marion Methodist Church
5050 REC Drive in Marion
Leave site at 11:50 and pass out lunches (directions will be provided)
Return leftovers and count sheet to Marion Methodist Church
Thank you for volunteering for FLY
First Presbyterian Church of Marion
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Christ Community Church
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church
Marion Methodist Church
1298 Seventh Avenue
Marion, Iowa 52302
Encourage your friends to volunteer! Encourage school children to participate!