For twenty-eight years, the Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program (NMEP) has provided free warm, nutritious meals for the Wellington Heights, Mound View, and Oak Hill and other neighborhood children and their families during the summer months. Noon meals are prepared and served at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with sponsorship and support of six community churches: Christ Episcopal, First Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, St. Paul's United Methodist, and Westminster Presbyterian. The meal is followed by the SPRINT enrichment program for children.
With 275 volunteers, the program served 6,024 meals to our neighbors in 2018.
Volunteers are needed for various shifts in both kitchen and dining room from 10:00 am -1:15 pm. Contact Kate Buroker if you would like to volunteer. Sign-up sheets are also available in the church kitchen from May-August.
Funding for the Neighborhood Meals and Enrichment Program comes from private and community donations, pledges from the sponsoring churches, and the Summer Food Service Program for Children. The program has received food donations from individuals, produce donations from Hy-Vee grocery store, and the HACAP Food Reservoir. There is no one source of continuous funding for the program, and so fund raising is a continual, ongoing process.
A New Way To Volunteer for NMEP!
If you would like to volunteer to work at Neighborhood Meals this summer, but never seem to have your calendar with you on Sunday mornings when the list of opportunities is available, here is a new way to sign up. Sign up at neighborhoodmeals.org and look for an opening that fits your schedule. If you are signing up for the first time you'll need to set a password in case you need to change an opportunity. You can add, or delete, dates from that website. If you have questions, or would prefer signing up by phone, call Kate Buroker 362-5285, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a Difference
Help us continue to serve those in our community who need a midday meal. Donations can also be made by cash or check and mailed or delivered to the church office. To donate food, contact NMEP director Joanne Kriz.