The USDA is partnering with schools, local governments and community organizations to help provide free meals for children during the summer. More than 21 million children rely on free and reduced meals during the school year, but during the summer only 3.8 million participate in the summer meals program.
Any child under the age of 18 can visit a designated site and eat for free. Breakfast and lunch is provided to children in low-income communities all across the country. Recently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined representatives from Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force, the Kohl’s Corporation, and members of the Milwaukee community to provide nutritious suppers to Milwaukee children in need throughout the summer. “Programs like these in Milwaukee allow communities to take the lead role in preventing hunger and focus their efforts in local areas with the greatest need. Over the long haul, this program can result in children performing better in school, which in turn can put them in a better position to be competitive in the global workplace.” said Secretary Vilsack.
Not sure if there is one in your area, click on Summer Food Site Finder and see where a summer meal site is located near you. Want to help out, visit USDA Summer Food Service Program and see how you can help start a program in your area or get the word out in your community.