Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program helps kids be fed and worry-free
Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program began this week in Martin County to provide meals for kids who may not have enough to eat in summer without access to school cafeterias. The program expands next week to Indian River and St. Lucie counties once all schools close.
More than 46,000 students in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties are eligible for free and reduced price meals at school, and once schools close for summer, families who don’t always have enough food to eat can struggle to provide the additional meals.
“No child should have to worry about where lunch will come from, and no family should worry about how to feed the children during the summer without access to school cafeterias,” said Judith Cruz, Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO.
The Summer Meals program is open to all youth 18 years and younger at no cost to them. Treasure Coast Food Bank partners with sites throughout the region, including churches, community centers, youth development organizations and other agencies that can offer a place to feed the kids. Each site offers two of three food options among breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack. Meal times vary by site.
Treasure Coast Food Bank prepares the meals daily. The meals typically include fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, hand-made salads, and fresh cut fruits and vegetables. Summer Meals will run every week day from now through August 10. Parents looking for a site convenient to their home can visit the Summer Feeding Program page on Treasure Coast Food Bank’s website at stophunger.org/sfsp.
Some other sites offer summer meals in conjunction with their summer classes or activities, and can be found at http://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com
Treasure Coast Food Bank expects to continue adding additional sites to offer the program throughout the summer. To learn more about becoming a Summer Meals site, visit www.stophunger.org/sfsp.
ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.