Children 18 and younger can get free, healthy meals as part of Philadelphia’s Summer Meals program, which launched this week.
The program provides free breakfasts, lunches and snacks to Philadelphia residents age 18 and younger. The meals are served at more than 800 sites throughout the city Monday through Friday until Aug. 29.
“Making sure our young people have nutritious, satisfying meals daily is critical to ensuring kids are safe and healthy during the summer months,” Mayor Michael Nutter said. “Unfortunately, less than half of the students who receive free or discounted lunches during the school year participate in the Summer Meals program. This means that thousands of students are potentially living without access to proper meals while they are out of school.
Last year’s Summer Meals program provided more than 2.8 million meals to Philadelphia's children.
Meal sites are located at a variety of public spaces, including recreation centers, schools, churches and community centers. The Summer Meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.