A couple of weeks ago, youngsters at Midway Safe Harbor were treated to freshly prepared lunches and snacks by way of the Summer Food Service Program which makes meals available when children lack access to school cafeterias.
Last year, the center served 11,066 meals to over 110 children daily. We think that’s pretty incredible!
Second Harvest Food Bank is currently sponsoring 22 sites and expects to distribute 70,000 meals by August 16th. The program is offered in areas of high need where food insecurity is most prevalent. Food is coupled with activities so that at-risk youngsters can more easily cope with the hot summer months when school is out.
Florida’s Department of Agriculture’s “Summer Break Spot” oversees and regulates this USDA funded program. The program’s tag line is “Food Is In When School Is Out.”
Since becoming sponsors in 2008, Second Harvest Food Bank has helped sites such as Midway Safe Harbor serve 233,600 meals. Our sixth year promises to be as robust as the last. We thank the enthusiastic and dedicated staff at Midway for a successful first day.
We look forward to sharing more summer feeding site stories and photos with you this summer.
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager