‘Kids Kitchen Summer Saturdays’ Meal Program to Begin June 12

The food tour includes vegan options. (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit)
Packaged food (Source photo by Denise Lenhardt-Benoit)

Beginning Saturday, June 12, Sen. Donna A. Frett-Gregory, in conjunction with the DFG Community Impact Foundation of the Virgin Islands Inc., will launch its Kids Kitchen initiative. “Kids Kitchen was birthed to aid in curbing food insecurity amongst our children,” said Sen. Frett-Gregory.

This summer, Kids Kitchen will be hosting the ‘Kids Kitchen Summer Saturdays’ meal program from June 12 through July 31.  It will visit communities, weekend camps and playgrounds to provide meals. The meals will be all pre-packaged for distribution in keeping with coronavirus protocols and guidelines.

“It is important to recognize matters that are impacting our community and do our best to give back even if it is only in a small way,” said the senator. The purpose of Kids Kitchen is to ensure that no child goes hungry by helping to close the gap of childhood hunger. The long-term goal of Kids Kitchen is to be able to provide meals every Saturday during the summer months at the various communities across the territory.

Many community partners have stepped up to assist with this program to include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Sigma Theta Omega Chapter, St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., CBI Acquisitions LLC, White Bay Global Inc., Dudley Newman Feuerzeig LLP, Sunshine Shopping Center Inc., Tap-N-Still St. John, Chicken-N-Bowling, St. Thomas Lodge No. 9679, McDonalds USVI, and the St. Thomas Restaurant Group.

“This initiative would not have been possible without their generous contributions, and with their assistance, we will be able to visit eight locations this summer. It is always a good thing when members of our community and local businesses generously support impactful initiatives such as this,” said Frett-Gregory.

High school students are encouraged to volunteer to assist with ‘Summer Saturdays’ and can earn up to 20 community service hours. Students can visit https://forms.office.com/r/vvAVKnUg9x or call 693-3686 for more information.

The first Kids Kitchen Summer Saturdays meal program will happen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12, at the Kirwan Terrace Community Center.