In Southwest Virginia, more than 79,000 children qualify for free and reduced price meals at school. The mission of the Summer Food Service Program is to meet the needs of those children at risk of going hungry in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when they no longer have access to free or reduced price school meals.
The Summer Food Service Concept:
While over 21 million children participated in the free or reduced priced school meal program in 2011, just over 2 million children received meals during the summer months, largely due to the lack of local programs. To help meet the nutritional needs of children during the summer months, Feeding America food banks operate summer feeding programs.
Through the Summer Food Service Program, Feeding America Southwest Virginia can provide up to two healthy meals or snacks per day, five days per week to children and teenagers 18 years and younger.
Over the last year, Feeding America Southwest Virginia served 49 sites and over 36,000 meals and snacks.
Examples of foods that are served in meals/snacks:
Milk and juice boxes, deli meat sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit cups, vegetable cups, cereal, granola bars, etc.
More about this program:
Schools, nonprofit organizations and local agencies can participate in this program. To participate, your program must: