2 weeks of summer meals remain

Celery: Not Lake County kids' vegetable of choice.  (Pixabay.com photo)

Celery: Not Lake County kids' vegetable of choice. (Pixabay.com photo)

Here's a shocker: Kids don't like celery.

I know, we were surprised too. To be fair, unless it's loaded up with peanut butter, celery on its own can be a little boring. Assistant dietary manager Jess Calvin, who is making lunches for the Outback Strong Summer Lunch Program, wasn't too taken aback to discover kids weren't eating the celery when it was included in their sack lunches.

So Jess stuck with still healthy crowd pleasers: carrots and cucumbers. Those, she says, go over much better.

Celery aside, this summer's lunch program has been a success. With help from scores of community volunteers, Lake Health District has served hundreds of kids at five sites. Kids at vacation Bible school at First Baptist Church and Christian Life Center Church of God received lunches. Union School was a lunch site through the end of July, when minimal enrollment led to the site's closure. Lunches will be served at McDonald City Park (the kiddie park) in Lakeview and at Goose Lake State Recreation Area in New Pine Creek Monday through Friday until August 25.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to noon, and it's free to anyone 18 and younger. The kiddie park also offers daily activities, including arts and crafts, games, and more. Stop by for great food and a fun time.

Tie dying T-shirts was a hugely popular activity offered during the summer lunch program.  (Francie Winters photo)

Tie dying T-shirts was a hugely popular activity offered during the summer lunch program. (Francie Winters photo)