Thursday, July 14, 2011
“It’s really sad. I’ve seen children putting food in their pockets for the weekend. It breaks my heart to know that a child knows, ‘It’s Friday and I won’t have anything to eat until Monday,’” said Irwin. “This program is a good way to reach those kids that have those needs in the summer.”
The Somerville effort is part of the national Summer Food Services Program, which in Massachusetts provides summer meals at 850 locations in 50 communities.
Children who are undernourished during the summer “are at a disadvantage when they return to school in September,” said Dennis Mercier of Project Bread, which conducts outreach for the program. “By providing free, nutritious meals throughout the summer, the SFSP ensures that children have access to the food they need in order to return to school ready to learn.”
A healthy lunch and a free family activity--for all
In Somerville, free breakfasts and lunches are served via mobile trucks that set up at Somerville parks rain or shine Monday through Friday through August 12th, 20th, or 26th depending on location. All meals meet federal and state nutritional guidelines. Lunches, for example, include two servings of fruit and/or vegetables, a protein, a whole grain, and an 8 oz. milk.
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