Healthy Meals during the Summer

Healthy meals are necessary for students to stay focused and energized while at school; many students living in low-income neighborhoods rely on school meals to keep them healthy and focused throughout the school day. But many of the students who rely on school meals have nowhere to turn over the summer when school is not in session. In order to provide access to healthy meals for students over the summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NYS Education Department coordinate the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), with the purpose of providing free nutritious meals and snacks for students. 127 libraries participated in the SFSP in 2018 and the program is always looking for more volunteers to help expand their goal across the state. Summer Reading at New York Libraries also partners with Hunger Solutions NY, an organization which helps provide access to healthy school meals and summer meals to students across the state. For more information about summer meals you can read the recent e-bulletin from NYLA. You can also visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program or https://hungersolutionsny.org/get-food-help-0/summer-meals-ny/ to learn more about the organizations and their initiatives to keep students healthy and fed, because To Be Well Read, You Must Be Well Fed.

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