The Boys & Girls Club of Door County (BGCDC) invites all area young people to join them for dinner three nights per week, and a $10 annual membership card is all that’s needed. From February through mid-June, it adds up to more than 50 dinners to be enjoyed with peers and friends.
“We serve nutritious dinners to our members on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-6 pm at the David Hatch Center,” explained Martha Neigel, director of strategic initiatives at BGCDC. “In a typical week, we might serve baked chicken with peas, applesauce, and a cobbler dessert, then ground turkey tacos with carrot cake, and finally a baked potato bar with broccoli, ground beef, cheese, and green onions. Both our chef and healthy lifestyles coordinator devote hours to planning meals, giving the members both familiar comfort food as well a chance to try something new. And to our surprise, oven-roasted cauliflower is the favorite veggie!”
Food for snacks and dinner is sourced from the Child and Adult Care Food Program in addition to Feeding America. Grants from both United Way of Door County and the Door County Medical Center assist with food purchases.
The dinner period comes after homework quiet time and club programming. After dinner, all pitch in to clean and wipe down the dining area. It is an opportunity for members ages 5-18 from different school districts to get to know each other.
For membership information, call Membership Coordinator Linzee Veal at 920.818.1046 or visit bgcdoorcounty.org.