For many children, when school ends in June they lose access to free and reduced cost meals over the summer. This means that they may have to go without healthy food or even without food at all. In New York State,community organizations, Hunger Solutions New York and NYSED are seeking to prevent these children from going hungry by making sure kids and teens can get healthy, no-cost meals and snacks in communities across the state. To celebrate the start of summer, a number of kick-off events were recently held to promote Summer Eating and Summer Reading at libraries across the state. Children and teens were able to get a meal, and parents were able to sign their kids up to be included in the summer reading program.
So far, 92 libraries across the state are approved to serve a meal and/or snack to kids in their community! For more information about summer meals, including information on how to become a registered site and how to locate feeding sites near you, please visit www.SummerMealsNY.org. Summer programs at libraries, schools, and parks often serve healthy snacks and meals for kids and teens. You can also locate a Summer Meal site near you by calling 1-866-3-HUNGRY or by texting “food”or “comida” to 877-877.
Find more information about the Summer Food Service program by going to the Great Partners page of Summer Reading at New York Libraries where you can download a variety of flyers and promotional materials to help provide information about free summer meals to kids and families. Help kids be well read and well fed all summer long!