MINDEN — The summer lunch program here could hardly have gone any smoother in its first year.
That was the assessment of both Melissa Wheelock, Superintendent for Minden Public Schools, and Tom Barnes, who serves as the program's volunteer coordinator.
"It's been a wonderful program for our students and community," Wheelock. "It went smoother than we anticipated. We were thrilled with the amount of volunteers from our community who were willing to spend time working in the program. It's been a real team effort."
Working with the Kearney County Ministerial Alliance and Minden Rotary Club, Barnes — who is pastor at the Minden Evangelical Free Church and a member of the Minden Rotary Club — helped organize a pool of about 60 volunteers.
Only a portion of volunteers, who do nearly all of the work with the program, are needed each day. The district hired one of the district's kitchen staff to prepare food for the program.