Second Harvest’s Summer Food Program for Children serves 70,641 Meals in 50 Days

Summer Break SpotBetween June 6th and August 16th, 70,641 meals were transported and served at 23 locations in 4 counties. Approximately 1,000 different children benefited from the program for 10 weeks.

The Summer Program is a freshly prepared food program that helps bridge the nutritional gap during school vacation when children lack access to school cafeterias.

Each of those 50 days began at 5 am when a team of contracted kitchen workers and drivers started prepping and loading lunches and snacks into vans that would embark on routes extending into the early afternoon.

A total of 3.85 tons of food valued at $140,856 were used to prepare the meals. That’s 1,540 pounds per day!

We are pleased to say that this, our sixth year as sponsors of the State subsidized program, has been our finest in terms of volume, children served and efficiency.

The summer season is a time when parents find themselves challenged, unable to rely on school cafeterias that for ten months have provided their kids with at least one wholesome meal per day.

In the absence of such support, summer camps, churches and community centers must step up to “the plate”.  These are our natural partners. Their willing enthusiasm is critical as we work hand in glove to efficiently serve perishable food safely and on schedule.

Since Second Harvest launched the program in 2008, 304,401 meals have been served –over two-thirds of those during the last three years.

The Summer Food Service Program, also known as “Summer Break Spot”, is subsidized by Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As sponsors, we recruit community partners, promote the program and oversee its day to day operation. Meals are provided to children 18 years of age or under at eligible sites in low-income areas.

For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, follow this link http://www.summerfoodflorida.org/

For a list of this summer’s sites, follow this link http://batchgeo.com/map/77631bfca978b450223e04b1ddff1100

 

Santos Maldonado
Childhood Hunger Program Manager

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