Although summer may be here the need for children to access quality nutrition does not disappear. Children and families who count on breakfast and lunch programs during the school year can continue to benefit from meal programs during the summer as well.
The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Programs, funds primarily lunches and breakfasts and, in some cases, suppers or snacks for children in needy areas when school is not in session during the summer. In Rhode Island, the program provides an average of over 300,000 meals during the summer. Many of the children and families served by Children’s Friend have the chance to continue to access healthy meals and snacks throughout the summer months.
To find out if there is a meal site in your area you can call United Way’s 2-1-1 or click here for the Department of Education’s website and a list of sites throughout the state.