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. 

The  Spring Greens Basket season runs for 4 weeks in May and includes early spring crops and goodies like lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, microgreens, eggs and honey!

The Summer Basket season runs for 10 weeks July through September and includes all your summer favorites like squash, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, corn, eggs, honey and locally-raised meat! 

With our Fall Storage Basket  you will receive storage crops like potatoes, winter squash, onions, carrots, beets and potatoes on one pickup day in October.

Continue below for our different pricing options!

Free Baskets for SNAP and/or WIC families!

We have free Spring, Greens, Summer, and Fall Storage Baskets available to families currently using SNAP or WIC that would like to participate in our research study measuring household food security and fruit and vegetable consumption.  Families that participate will also receive free kitchen utensils and a $40 thank you for their time!

New discounted baskets now available!

Brand new this year, we have added a discounted basket tier (up to 40% off the retail price) for families that do not qualify for federal nutrition assistance but fall below Wyoming’s self-sufficiency standard.  So for example, if your household has 1 adult + 1 pre-school aged child + 1 school aged child and your annual income is $50,000 or less you qualify for discount baskets.  

Families that participate in our option research study measuring impacts of household food security and fruit and veggie consumption will also receive free kitchen utensils and a $40 thank you for their time!

Retail Baskets!

The Edible Prairie Veggie Basket program is a selection of farm fresh, locally-grown produce that customers pick up each week.  This is a great option for busy families that would like to support local farmers and producers but don’t have the time to shop at the local farmers market.  

 

 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.