Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. Volunteers drive to the sites and hand out the lunches to the children. FLY aims to spread the message of Jesus Christ and the joy of providing and giving to children.
Over 12,000 lunches served.
Hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours.
In the summer of 2007, a group from Marion Methodist participated in a mission experience in North Omaha. While there, the group served meals, helped at a food pantry, and helped out throughout the city. Group members were reminded that in our own community there are people who need these same things. Teachers in this group talked about the students who rely on hot lunch programs at their schools. For some students, those are the only meals they get. On days when there is no school, there may be no food for them.
After we returned home, this group invited others to explore and plan how to meet the needs of those children who may not eat when school is not in session. We decided to create FLY (feeding Lunch to Youth and their families) during those times. Our first lunch was served during winter break of 2007. Since that time, we have grown to 9 locations and average 400 lunches a day.
FLY is supported by nine congregations, two volunteering corporations, and several financial supporters. FLY partners with Marion Christian Church as our secondary operational site. Congregational Partners: Marion Christian, Living Water UMC, Christ Community UMC, First Presbyterian, Echo HIll, St. Joseph Catholic, New Life, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, and volunteers from a variety of other congregations.
Valley View Apartments – 635 Ashton Place NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Marion Village Mobile Home Park – 700 35th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Eagle Ridge Mobile Home Park – 1285 Red Fox Way, Marion, IA 52302
Squaw Creek Mobile Home Park – 6201 Hennessey Parkway, Marion IA 52302
Chapel Ridge Apartment – 1 Chapelridge Circle, Marion, IA 52302
Emerson Elementary School – 1400 10th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
Starry Elementary School - 700 S 15th Street, Marion, IA 52302
Living Water United Methodist Church – 1155 Grand Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
Community Baptist Church - 3290 9th Street, Marion, IA 52302
It’s Easy. It’s Fun. It Matters!
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FLY Serves Monday – Friday
10:45 – 11:30 (12 people needed daily)
Sack contents of lunch bag
12:00 – 12:30 (18 people needed daily)
Pick up lunches at First United Methodist Church
Enter through the glass doors at 12th Street and 8th Avenue
Leave site at 12:50 and pass out lunches (directions will be provided)
Return leftovers and count sheet to First United Methodist Church
1:00 – Clean up (2 people needed daily)
1:15 – Deliver any leftover lunches to local organizations
Thank you for volunteering for FLY
The F.L.Y. Board meets quarterly near times of feeding to discuss dates, locations, volunteers, publicity and for grant requirements needed for serving children food and pointing to Jesus.
First Presbyterian Church of Marion
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Christ Community Church
Marion Christian Church
Encourage your friends to volunteer Encourage school children to participate!