USDA Summer Food Service Program Provides Free Lunches for Kids
April 4, 2016

This summer, children can enjoy free lunches through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded nutrition program open to all kids aged 0‐18 years. The program also provides meals to those with a disability over age 18 who participate in a school program for people who have mental or physical disabilities. All children and teens are welcome, and no applications are necessary to drop in at a participating meal site. In addition to lunch, some sites offer breakfast and snacks to accompany a day of fun activities. The Summer Food Service Program helps to ensure that all children can eat healthy food during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.

The Summer Meals program currently has 14 sites in Washington County at different times throughout the summer. Healthy Acadia and the Washington County Food and Fuel Service Alliance are working with local schools, organizations and municipalities to increase the number of Summer Meal sites available for 2016. If you are interested in becoming a Summer Meals sponsor or site, visit the USDA Summer Food Service Program website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp or contact Gretchen Swain or Kiel Darling, AmeriCorps Anti-Hunger VISTAs working in Washington County with Healthy Acadia and Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance by calling (207) 255-3741. For more information about Summer Meals program sites for 2016, email Gretchen: gretchen@healthyacadia.org, or Kiel: kiel@healthyacadia.org. A list of sites is also available at: www.healthyacadia.org.