May 27, 2014

Second Harvest’s Summer Food Program For Children Starts On June 2nd

Author: Santos Maldonado

Summer Feeding ProgramAs the school year comes to a close, Second Harvest Food Bank will seamlessly transition from its Kids Cafe Afternoon Meal Program (AMP) to The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

This USDA subsidized program allows us to provide free, nutritious, prepared meals to children ages 18 and under while school cafeterias are closed.

Community centers, summer camps, churches and other nonprofit organizations may participate. Additionally, for-profit, low income residential complexes may also host sites.

This summer we will sponsor sites in four counties as we expand into Brevard.

The program will operate from June 2nd through August 15th – for a total of 53 days. Since becoming sponsors in 2008, Second Harvest Food Bank, in partnership with over 60 sites, has served more than 304,401 meals. Lunches and healthy snacks will be available daily at approximately 28 locations.

The Summer Food Service Program:

o   Helps feed hungry children and teens.

o   Attracts more youngsters to activities that help them learn in a safe environment during summer  months.

o   Helps parents stretch food dollars.

o   Saves money on food so that community-based organizations can provide additional programming or serve more children.

o   Gives children and teens a chance to interact with peers, participate in organized activities, and be physically active.

As of today, we are at capacity. Nonetheless, we still seek to partner with low-income residential complexes where needy or displaced families live.

If you’d like to be considered as a potential site should an opportunity present itself, please complete the following survey questionnaire. We cannot reply to all inquiries.

Summer Food Program – Application

The school districts are the largest sponsors. You can reach them by following these links.

Orange County Summer Food
Seminole School District
Osceola District Campus Grille

To learn more about the Summer Food Program: http://www.summerfoodflorida.org/

Video: USDA Summer Food Overview

If you are a parent or guardian that wishes to locate a serving location for children, click on the links below.

Second Harvest Summer Sites
Search for Florida Sites

Second Harvest’s locations operate as “open sites”. All children 18 and under are welcome.

Santos Maldonado
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager

Summer Break Spot



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