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Letter: Summer meal programs play very important role


For kids, summer is often the most joyful time of the year. But many parents and caregivers may be worrying about how they’ll stretch their budget to replace the meals their kids usually eat at school.

During the school year, kids can rely on programs that provide breakfast, lunch and after-school meals. But when school is out, many of those critical meals disappear, making summer a hungry time for many children.

Summer meal programs run by local schools and community groups can help fill that gap by providing healthy meals at no cost to kids and teens at familiar places such as parks, pools, libraries and recreation centers.

No Kid Hungry’s summer meals texting service makes it quick and easy for families to find their nearest summer meal site. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can simply text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304 to find free summer meals in their community.

All Pennsylvania kids deserve to enjoy a happy, hunger-free summer so they can return to school in the fall fueled and ready to learn.

Eleni Towns
Associate Director, No Kid Hungry

Source: Berkshire mont

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