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Jul 11

Local Collaborations Help Feed Youth During Summer

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 8:18 AM by Communications Department

Programs geared for children 18 years of age and younger

Studies have shown that children who miss school breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, absent, disruptive in class, and inattentive. Thanks to strong collaborations among local agencies, faith groups, community groups and the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula,Cereal_SC Newport News youth should not have a hungry summer.

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The program provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas. Kids 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks at various locations throughout the city. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities over age 18 who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. The 2017 Summer Food Service Program continues until August 25.

The program is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and through the efforts of local groups, meals are provided at sites such as schools and churches in a safe, supervised environment. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved program sites.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank are sponsoring Summer Meal sites at the 13 Boys and Girls Clubs that are certified USDA sites across the area. The clubs’ EatSMART Summer Food Service Program is open to any young person 18 years of age or younger (club membership is not required). All 13 clubs as well as additional locations sponsored through the Boys and Girls Clubs, are serving meals on a first come, first served basis to any child up to 18 years of age. To find participating locations please visit the FoodBank of the Virginia Peninsula, call 757-596-7188 or visit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula website.