Bubble, bubble

Bubble Explorer offered good, clean fun at the kiddie park August 21. ( Francie Winters photo )

Bubble Explorer offered good, clean fun at the kiddie park August 21. (Francie Winters photo)

Today, we played with bubbles at the kiddie park.

While we have heard wonderful feedback on the lunches provided during the Outback Strong Summer Meals Program, we've heard even more encouraging comments about the programming that has accompanied the lunch program at McDonald City Park. Prevention coordinator Francie Winters and former FoodCorps service member Rachelle Hanson put together nine weeks of fantastic games, activities, crafts, and more. Today's bubble activity is one of many, many programs that kids and parents alike have loved.

There are just four days left of this year's Summer Meals Program. Lunches are served from 11 a.m. to noon at the kiddie park in Lakeview and at Goose Lake State Recreation Area in New Pine Creek. Games happen at the kiddie park at the same time, and lifeguards say the town of Lakeview hopes to keep the kiddie pool open through Friday, August 25, as well. 

If you haven't yet checked out the program, or if you want to make sure you get in one more nutritious lunch and fun family outing, make sure to stop by. Lunches are free to all youths through age 18. And please thank the wonderful volunteers who have made this program possible. Lake Health District is sponsoring the program, but it couldn't be done without broad community support.

If you haven't yet done so, please take time to fill out a survey about your experience with the Outback Strong Summer Food Program. This will help us in reporting to the grant makers who supported this program, the Oregon Department of Education and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. It also will provide valuable feedback on how the program went this year, so we'll know what to do again next summer and how we can improve.

The survey for kids is here.

The link to the parents survey is here.

The survey will be available until 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 6. If you have questions, email outbackstrong@gmail.com.