Munch and More encourages summer reading


Anson Elementary School student Landon Brown reads a book as volunteer Steve Bolar looks on during the Munch and More program on June 29 at Anson. The summer reading program is held at three elementary schools through July 22 in the Marshalltown Community School District. 

The summer reading program Munch and More is in full swing at three elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District.

This summer’s program started June 6 and is running through July 22. It is a volunteer-driven summer reading program, which gives the volunteers the opportunity to read with children during the summer at Anson, Franklin and Rogers elementary schools. It goes along with the summer meals programs offered to youth.

“The goal of Munch and More is to boost children’s summer reading time to help eliminate summer learning loss,” said Karina Hernandez, of Mid-Iowa Community Action, who leads the program.

The program runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and is at Anson on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; Franklin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and Rogers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The program is part of the Spread the Words – Read by Third initiative. The Marshalltown Public Library also provides books for the program.

Volunteers are always welcome. To sign up to volunteer call Hernandez at MICA at 641-752-7162 or email her at