Now in its second summer of helping to feed Stoughton-area students in need, “Lunches for Vikings” is keeping its volunteers busier than ever.

That’s just the way founder and organizer AnnMarie Oakland wants it.

The program has changed slightly from last year’s inaugural run, switching from Fox Prairie to Bay View Heights, with the goal of reaching more families. Since this year’s program started June 11, things have been “really taking off,” Oakland wrote the Hub in an email last week.

“On our biggest day so far (July 9) we handed out 78 lunches and this week we gave out 369 lunches,” she wrote. “In the first five weeks we’ve passed out 1,294 lunches.

“We are making a lot of sandwiches!”

The volunteer-led program – which partners with the Stoughton Area School District but is not affiliated with it – offers free brown bag lunches to kids through 12th grade in the district who no longer have access to a free or reduced cost lunch at school during summer break. Lunches include a sandwich, fruit or vegetable, snack (chips, pretzels, etc.) and a water.

The program runs Monday through Friday through Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at three pick up sites: Kegonsa Elementary and Stoughton High schools and Bay View Heights.

-- Scott De Laruelle