Feeding the Gulf Coast provides free summer meals for children while schools are out

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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Feeding the Gulf Coast is partnering with local community organizations to offer free meals to children, 18 and younger, through the Summer Meals Program. The program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is designed to fill the nutritional gap when children are out of school during summer months and do not have access to free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches at school. This program has a significant impact on children and families across the central Gulf Coast.

“As summer comes, many children who rely on school meals face the painful reality of hunger instead of the carefree days of summer they should be able to enjoy,” said Michael Ledger, President and CEO at Feeding the Gulf Coast. “We are partnering with nearly 150 sites this summer across our service area to provide 9,500 meals on a daily basis.  Our goal through this program is to ensure all children have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer while school meals are not available. ”

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To find child meals sites near you throughout the summer, call our office at (888) 704-FOOD or visit our website at feedingthegulfcoast.org/find-help.