Program to Offer Free Meals to Kids in Wake County This Summer
The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals, fun activities at participating sites throughout Wake County.
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According to Wake County, nearly 1 in 5 children in the county are food insecure. This means that more than 44,600 children do not have the food they need to lead healthy lives. This need increases even more during the summer months when school is out.
To help, Wake County is partnering with local nonprofit organizations for the Summer Food Service Program, which launched June 11. The program offers children and teens free, nutritious meals at participating sites throughout Wake County during the summer months. Fun activities will also be offered at each site.
“Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process,” says Regina Petteway, director of Wake County Human Services. “Lack of nutrition over the summer may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins and make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the nutrition gap and make sure children get the healthy meals they need.”
In addition to providing nutritious food, the program also educates children and families about the importance of eating well and exercising often to help build healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Activities offered at each meal site provide families with the tools they need to move more, sit less and eat smart over the summer break.
Meals are free to children and teens 18 years old and younger. There is no application necessary, and children do not have to show proof of income to receive a meal. The program will run throughout the summer, ending on Aug. 24.
Meal sites change throughout the summer, so families are encouraged to check these resources frequently to find the site most convenient to them: Visit the Wake County website, call 866-3HUNGRY or text “FOODNC” to 877-877.
Source: Wake County Government