Sites across Delaware offer free summer meals to children
Districts, charter schools and community
partners across the state are ensuring children who rely on school food don’t
go hungry this summer by providing free meals in their communities.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a
federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education, targets children in
low-income areas to ensure they have healthy meals during the summer. Meals are
provided in communities in areas where children gather. No registration or
proof of eligibility is required at open meal sites. Any child under 18 who
comes is fed.
In Summer 2015, 785,000 meals were served at
349 sites throughout the state.
“Many children in our state rely on the meals
they receive in school during the academic year. Those needs remain during the
summer,” Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said. “Thanks to this program --
made possible because of the partnership of our districts, charter schools and
community organizations -- children have access to nutritious food during the
summer in their own communities.”
Governor Jack Markell joined Godowsky,
Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee, Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen and representatives
from Dover Air Force Base and the community at the Capital City Farmers Market
in Dover today. The farmers market is the first in the state to also host a
Summer Food Service Program site. Find more photos from the event here.
find a Summer Food Service Program location in your community, call 211.