Children's Summer Meals Program Expected to Feed Hundreds This Summer
From the Food Bank of Northern Nevada:
Swimming, skateboarding, biking, and playing on the monkey bars – all summer activities of kids. But summer isn’t fun for children who are hungry.
Low-income children who depend on free lunch and breakfast at school can be at risk of hunger during the summer break when school meals are not available. Approximately 28,000 students, 47% of students in Washoe County School District, qualify for free lunch at school. Many don’t know where to turn for a good meal in the summer.
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada joins forces with several community partners to provide free, nutritious meals for children and teens ages 1-18 years through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program. Last summer, about 2,500 children participated in Washoe County. Far more children are eligible and live within walking distance of the 40 local meal sites. With high unemployment and the slow economy, we expect to see increased participation at all meal sites this summer of 2014.
A group of organizations committed to children’s health sponsors summer meals for kids all over Reno, Sparks, Lemmon Valley, Sun Valley, and Stead. This summer, meal sites will be sponsored by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, City of Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, and Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, in partnership with parks & recreation agencies of Sparks and Washoe counties, Sun Valley GID, Reno Housing Authority, and a handful of private apartment complexes.
This summer, meals are served weekdays from June 16 through August 8 (dates and times vary by site.) Meals are available at several schools where there are community-sponsored summer activity programs for children. Also, many neighborhood parks are meal sites. Most sites offer lunch, and some serve breakfast too.
A list of local free meal sites with times, dates and meals served is on the FBNN website.
Summer meal programs satisfy local health department rules for safe food handling and service. All meals must be eaten at the serving site, and any children and teens ages 1-18 years can eat at any site, without charge. There are no enrollment requirements. Adults are not eligible for SFSP meals.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the summer food program sponsors are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Call the Food Bank for more information (331-3663) or check the Kids Cafe page of the Food Bank Web site (www.fbnn.org).