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June 6, 2013

Children in Palm Beach County Don’t Need to Go Hungry This Summer

by PBUnitedWay

When school lets out for the summer, children from low-income families typically lose their access to daily breakfast and lunch. This leaves many poor children in danger, as at least one-third of the nutrients that a child needs typically come from these school-provided meals.

Many low-income families cannot meet their children’s nutritional requirements. They are forced to turn to help from government programs or local nonprofit organizations. Because of this, during the summer, many food banks report a significant increase in requests for emergency food.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is intended to fill this void.  SFSP provides free meals to all children under the age of 18 while school is out. Free, healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks are available all summer long to Palm Beach County children.

There are over 150 meal sites in Palm Beach County. Serving times vary by site, and some sites serve breakfast and lunch, while others serve lunch and a snack. The children do not need to attend summer school or camp to receive meals.

To find the closest meal site location and its serving time, Palm Beach County residents can call 2-1-1. From a payphone or cellular phone, residents should call 561-383-1111. Locations can also be found at http://app1.summerfoodflorida.org/.

To find out how you can help, go to http://summerfoodflorida.org/providers.html.

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