Lunch Buddies

Due to COVID-19-related school closures, UWNEMN's Lunch Buddies pilot mentoring program is on hiatus. We are hopeful this program can re-start in the 2021-2022 school year.

What is the Lunch Buddies mentoring program? Lunch Buddies lgo

UWNEMN's Lunch Buddies program was piloted in Hibbing’s Greenhaven and Washington Elementary schools March of the 2019/2020 school year before being cut short due to COVID-19. The program is meant to serve first grade students who would benefit from additional support, encouragement, and a positive and caring adult mentor. Youth are referred to the program by school staff and are then matched with a volunteer adult mentor based on shared interests and other factors. Mentors will be asked commit to supporting, encouraging, and being a friend to their mentee during lunch/recess time one day/week in school for three months. To see the full mentor position description, click here.

What is the need?

Hibbing school staff have estimated that more than 30% of their school population could benefit from a program like Lunch Buddies. During the 2019-2020 school year, this program was piloted in Hibbing elementary schools to determine the needs of students as related to mentoring as well as the interest level for adult mentors. The program is currently on hiatus due to COVID-19. 

Interested in becoming a Lunch Buddy?

Steps to becoming a Lunch Buddy:

  1. Review the mentor position description.
  2. Fill out and submit an application. Application is available in two formats: online and downloadable.
  3. Interview with UWNEMN staff.
  4. Pass a background check.
  5. Have fun with your Lunch Buddy!

More Information

If you have questions or would like additional information on Lunch Buddies, please call Sarah at 218-254-3329 or email