Every parent knows how quickly that grocery bill can multiply when school lets out for the summer and it can really put a dent in your budget when your trying to ensure your children continue to eat healthy meals without breaking the bank. During the school year many parents have the assistance of free or reduced breakfast & lunch at school, but then summer comes and the worry of how to make the food money stretch sets in. Do not fear, Help is near, and it includes 2 words we all love HEALTHY & FREE.....
You may or may not have heard of the summer food program for kids. Maybe you have heard of it but thought it was for only those that are homeless or extremely low income. Maybe you thought it was a hoax going around FaceBook, Twitter and other social media outlets, it is not. I have personally confirmed the information is 100% true. Please if you find yourself struggling to ensure your kids are not just eating cereal for lunch don't be shy or embarrassed. Times are hard and making sure your child eats a good meal is nothing to be ashamed of.
There are many locations so even if you do not have transportation, in many cases there will be at least one possibly more within walking distance of your home. The best part is there is no long application process, no making a dozen phone calls to find out where to go, you don't even have to make a single call at all..... Just TEXT to find a location & hours near you...... and you can be bringing your kids for their HEALTHY & FREE Breakfast and/or Lunch TODAY!
Now, unfortunately they are not in everywhere so there is a possibility that they are not in your town. Don't fret though as there are no restrictions stopping you from bringing your children to the nearest location to you. If you do not have a vehicle try teaming up with another parent who does so you can go together. Also look into assistance places in your area that offer monthly discounted or free bus passes. It is very likely you can find a location close to or right on a bus route.
Hours seem to vary depending on location, but all tend to be approximately around 8am to 9:30 am for Breakfast and Lunches approximately between 11:00am - 1:30 pm. So double check the times at the ones in your area to be sure of exact time. Also I noticed that some locations do lunch only while others do both lunch & breakfast.
Look No Further TEXT the word "Food" to 877-877 (or "comida" for Spanish) to find FREE SUMMER MEALS in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD - System was developed by: No Kid Hungry with the USDA.