Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Boom Comics Gives out Free Comics, Lunch to Support National Summer Learning Day, Other Initiatives

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Boom Comics Gives out Free Comics, Lunch to Support National Summer Learning Day, Other Initiatives

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Dozens of children were buzzing around Boom Comics Thursday afternoon, snacks in one hand and a book in the other.

The store, 2025 S.W. Gage Blvd., was full of community youths attending the "Meet and Eat" event, held on National Summer Learning Day and as a part of Kansas Appleseed's Lunch Across Kansas week. The event was set up by various organizations including the United Way of Greater Topeka and Harvesters.

The festivities, which ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, provided children and teenagers with a free lunch, free comic book, free book and a chance to play games and socialize.

The "Meet and Eat" was the combined effort of multiple organizations to encourage summer reading and healthy eating habits, said Angela Jeppesen, government programs manager with Harvesters.

"What better way to tie all these things together," Jeppesen said. "This is about nutritional food, getting kids eating healthy foods over the summer time and it's really about a community partnership."

Jeppesen said events like this are what allow communities to address issues and help young people.

"It's not just a positive for the communities that are involved here -- the small business owner, the nonprofits -- but the kids win. And that's what we're about," she said. "We want these kids to win. We want them to be positively supported by the community."

Harvesters provided the free lunch for the kids, which included a variety of healthy snack options like fruit cups, trail mix and wheat crackers.

The Kansas Department of Education's summer food service program also had a hand in the festivities and Cheryl Johnson, KDHE's director for child nutrition and wellness, said the event was a fun way to keep kids learning over the summer.

"We're not only feeding their bodies today, but their minds as well," Johnson said. "I think that the summer food service program is not just about the food that the kids eat, but it's also about the activities and the enrichment that we can provide to their lives during the summer when school is out. …

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