On June 29th, Governor Cuomo announced Free Meals to Boost Children’s Nutrition During Summer Months. Through the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program, organizations such as schools, parks, camps, and libraries, can serve free meals to children from low-income households during the summer. According to the Governor’s press release, almost 360,000 children received summer meals in New York in 2014. To find a site in your community or for further information, call 1-800-522-5006 or visit www.summermealsny.org.
Libraries can be excellent Summer Food Service Program meal sites, as demonstrated by the 70 public libraries and library branches in New York State that participated in the program in 2014. To learn how your library can participate, visit http://www.summerreadingnys.org/librarians-educators/le-resources/#hunger. Information about participation comes from the Summer Reading at New York Libraries partner Hunger Solutions New York.