Summer Weekend Meals for Kids

Summer Weekend Meals for Kids 

We believe children should not have to worry about when and where their next meal will come from when school ends for the summer.

Each weekend, during the 12-week summer break, children will receive a kid-friendly, nutritious, and filling food package that will include 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, 2 dinner items, and 2 healthy snacks. Fresh and local produce is also available so kids and their families can have access to their favorite veggies. All weekend food bags are distributed through our community partner, the Campbell County Boys and Girls Club.

Edible Prairie Veggie Baskets

Our multi-farm community supported agriculture (CSA) basket program provides carefully curated fresh and local produce to customers each week during Wyoming’s growing season. We use a pay-what-you-can pricing model to fit different budget needs.

By signing up for an Edible Prairie Basket you are directly supporting our nonprofit work and our local network of farmers and ranchers. 

Want to help us get more fresh and local food into the hands of our local residents? Consider signing up for a basket as a Friends of the Prairie supporter! Friends members not only support local farmers and ranchers, but also help us provide local veggie baskets and essential kitchen utensils to local families on SNAP and WIC. Sign up as a Friend of the Prairie and make your impact go twice as far!

SOLD OUT – signup for our waiting 2020 Veggie Basket waiting list.

Our Spring Greens Basket runs for 4 weeks during the month of May and will include lettuce (different varieties), spinach, kale (different varieties), Swiss chard, rainbow chard, microgreens (different varieties), Asian greens, green onions, herbs (different varieties), garlic scapes, and beet greens!

Summer Baskets run for 10 weeks July through September and are filled with garden favorites like squash, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes, just to name a few! Throughout the summer baskets may also include locally-raised meat, eggs, and honey. 

With our Fall Storage Basket you will receive a whopping 75 to 100 pounds of storage crops including onions, potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash, buttercup squash, spaghetti squash, pie pumpkins, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, turnips, and other fall storage crops that should last through winter. 

 

Garden Kits 

Every spring we give away vegetable garden kits to eligible individuals and families that would like to grow their own edible garden at home. Garden kits typically include starter plants, seeds, tomato cages, and a garden plan complete with planting and harvesting tips and tricks.

Edible Prairie Gleaning Program

Towards the end of each growing season, we collect leftover produce from local farmers’ fields. Our farmers generously donate this produce so that we can share the harvest with local food banks and pantries, including the Gillette Little Free Pantry network.

Gillette Little Free Pantry Network

The Edible Prairie Project and our community partner, Cent$ible Nutrition, work together to maintain the Gillette Little Free Pantry Network. Little Free Pantries are continuously stocked with food, personal care, and household items, and are designed for community members who are not able to easily meet everyday food and personal needs. The pantries are open to anyone day or night, with no applications required and no questions asked. Little Free Pantries can be found at Lakeside Park, Sunflower Park, and Bivens Park in Gillette and the Public Library in Wright.

Garden Planting Days at the Council of Community Services and the Boys & Girls Club

Each spring, our staff and volunteers help clients of the Council of Community Services and children at the Boys & Girls Club plant their summer vegetable gardens. Local farmers donate starter plants and share their garden expertise with Council residents to help ensure a successful harvest. Edible Prairie Project staff and volunteers remain available throughout the growing season to offer advice on growing and harvesting.