The idyllic summer should be carefree – and hunger-free. But that’s not always the case for kids who rely on the school cafeteria for meals.
Treasure Coast Food Bank wants to ensure that kids won’t have to worry about getting a meal because school’s out for summer. The Food Bank is recruiting partners who want to help by participating in its Summer Meals program to ensure that students whose families don’t always have enough food are able to eat nutritious meals all summer.
The Summer Meals program provides meals to youth 18 years and younger at no cost to them. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with churches, community centers, youth development organizations, and other agencies that can offer a place to feed the kids.
Treasure Coast Food Bank prepares each meal daily throughout the summer. The meals typically include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and veggies. The program will run every week day from May 29 to August 10. Meal times vary depending on the location. The program also is available to organizations that run programs for limited times, such as Vacation Bible School programs.
“Our goal is not only to provide nutritious food but to ensure the children in our community have a worry-free summer and enjoy summer vacation the way it’s meant to be,” said Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judith Cruz.
More than 50,000 students are eligible for free meals from local school districts on the Treasure Coast. Only about 6 percent participate in a Summer Meals program. Treasure Coast Food Bank has set a goal of once again providing 30 sites for Summer Meals.
There will be an informational webinar at 3 p.m. on May 8th for organizations interested in learning more about participating as a site for the Summer Food Service Program. To learn more, please visit https://stophunger.org/sfsp.
The program is supported in part through donations. Anyone wanting to support Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals Program can make a donation through www.stophunger.org.