LCSC has received a Community Grant in the amount of $39,000 from the Healthy Lakewood Foundation to support the return of our Summer Lunch and Enrichment Program beginning in June 2023. This popular free program for children enrolled in Lakewood schools in grades K-5 who qualify for free and reduced-cost meals has been on hold since summer 2020 due to COVID-19. We are thrilled to be bringing it back thanks to the generous support of the Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF).
The program has the goal of providing healthy lunches and activities for kids who might otherwise not have the opportunity for important socialization during the school’s summer break. Each summer eighty kids, under the supervision of five qualified staff, enjoy healthy and culturally appropriate lunches and an exciting menu of activities and field trips in and around Lakewood that include swimming lessons, library time, bowling at Mahall’s, art and music experiences at Beck Center for Performing Arts and outdoor activities at the Lake Erie Science and Nature Center and the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. This signature free program more than tripled in registration between its launch in 2014 and our last program year in 2019. We anticipate seeing many returning participants in 2023, their younger siblings, and new registrants as well.
About Healthy Lakewood Foundation (HLF)
The Healthy Lakewood Foundation was established in September 2018 as part of the Master Agreement following the closing of Lakewood Hospital. HLF was formed by the Foundation Planning Task Force and through their recommendation to the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Hospital Association. The Healthy Lakewood Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity. The Healthy Lakewood Foundation was created to ensure remaining assets from the conversion of the Lakewood Hospital will continue to benefit the health and wellness of residents in the City of Lakewood. HLF honors the legacy of Lakewood Hospital and is committed to a path forward that ensures everyone in Lakewood can achieve their fullest health potential. It is with this spirit that HLF works to build trust and responsibly steward funds that will support health and wellness for the benefit of the Lakewood community and its residents for generations to come. The mission of the Healthy Lakewood Foundation is to advance programs, policies, and practices that inspire a Lakewood community in which health and wellness are reflected in all aspects of life. To learn more, visit healthylakewoodfoundation.org.