The Orlando Magic’s Bo Outlaw, Nick Anderson and “Stuff”, the Magic’s mascot, were all on hand to spread the word about the Summer Food Program. Florida Impact, Share our Strength, Winter Park Health Foundation, United Way and many other community based organizations were also represented.
The Department of Agriculture oversees the Summer Food Service Program which helps provide meals to children when school is not in session. Over one and a half million children statewide rely on free or reduced priced school lunches. During the summer months these children are unable to access school cafeterias.
The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill the nutritional gap.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, lack of awareness is the primary factor that results in only 14% of these children benefiting from what the program has to offer. Nationally, of the 31 million children receiving free or reduced-price lunches each school day in 2011, only 2.3 million received assistance through the Summer Food Service Program.ǂ
We at Second Harvest along with The Orange County School District, The Town of Eatonville and The City of Orlando’s Families, Parks & Recreation Division, serve as sponsors to provide meals at approximately 260 locations.
United Way’s 2-1-1 service will provide callers with the address of the nearest feeding location. A series of public service announcements will soon start to air.
The Summer Food Program begins on June 8th and concludes on August 17th.
Second Harvest Food Bank expects to sponsor 24 sites in 3 counties and serve over 70,000 meals. For more information and to find a location near you, visit: http://www.summerfoodflorida.org .ǂ USDA, FNS Florida participation data.
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Childhood Hunger Program Manager