Hole Food Rescue and One22 prepare lunches for summer campers

Hole Food Rescue Director of Programs and Partnerships Hannah Cooley moves bags of pretzel goldfish into a larger box earlier this summer while preparing lunches for 20 to 30 summer campers.

The nonprofit One22 awarded 103 kids scholarships to attend 14 summer camps this year, helping send them to programs that focused on everything from outdoor recreation to math.

The nonprofit’s Teton County Unified Summer Scholarship program “provides funding for local children at risk for significant summer learning loss to have the opportunity to participate in summer enrichment programs,” according to its website. Now in its sixth year, the scholarship program grew from 70 kids in 2018 to 103 this year.

“We are thrilled at the success of this summer’s scholarship program,” One22 Program Director Carey Stanley said in a press release. “More than half of the kids were new to our program this year, and we hope to continue expanding the reach of our programs to more families in years to come.”

In a new addition to the summer scholarship program, One22 partnered with Hole Food Rescue to keep food waste from the landfill and feed some of the kids receiving scholarships. The nonprofits teamed up at the beginning of the summer because staff noticed kids coming to camp last summer without enough food for the day. For example, some campers showed up for a full day of hiking in Grand Teton National Park with only a bag of chips.

Packing the lunches took consistent volunteer work. Hole Food Rescue told the Jackson Hole News&Guide when the summer lunch program started that it planned to include sandwiches and fresh items like fruits and vegetables, so the lunches had to be packed each week that kids were in camp. Volunteers signed up for shifts throughout the summer to pack the fresh food.

One22’s press release said the volunteers spent 215 hours this summer packing more than 1,500 individual lunches.

“This is a very new project for us,” Hannah Cooley, director of programs and partnerships at Hole Food Rescue, said when the lunch program started. “And we’re really excited about it because it’s so different and so unique, and it’s just been so refreshing to see how the communities come together to make this happen.”

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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