Each summer the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and local organizations team up for the Summer Lunch Program. Offered at three different locations throughout the summer, the food bank prepares
healthy, delicious meals and serves them for free to all kids under 18. GVF2S jumps at this opportunity to teach the kids a little more about where their food comes from by preparing fun, educational activities for the kids at each location.
This summer kids gathered at Montana State University SOB Barn, Beall Park in Bozeman, and Hollensteiner Park in Belgrade to play with their friends, enjoy good food, and learn more about local veggies. After lunch they met at the GVF2S table to talk about vegetables and draw and paint pictures of their favorites. Farmer Conni Mahoney, from Gallatin Grown Farm in Amsterdam was able to join us this year to talk a little about some of the vegetables she grows at her nearby farm. She brought a variety of vegetables and asked the kids what they know about them- what kind are they, do they grown above ground or in the ground, etc. Conni offers a U-Pick program at her farm- bring your kids to go pick their own veggies and see where they come from!
The kids especially enjoyed playing the “Mystery Veggie” game after lunch. Vegetables hid in different boxes that kids could reach in to feel, sniff inside, or shake and try to guess what was inside. After the kids guessed and learned what was inside, it was great to see them show their friends what they had learned. They especially loved shaking the box that had lentils inside. They learned about vegetables they had never seen and that some vegetables they may have seen can come in all different colors. Try cooking purple cauliflower, golden beets, crimson or black lentils for your kids!
See more photos of our summer fun at on Facebook photo stream.