(Photo: Delaware Department of Education)(Photo: Delaware Department of Education)

UNDATED– Districts, charter schools and community partners across Delaware are providing free meals to children in their communities so they don’t go hungry while school is out.

The Summer Food Service Program, a federally-funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education, targets children in low-income areas so they have healthy meals during the summer. Meals are provided in communities in areas where children gather. No registration or proof of eligibility is required at open meal sites. Any child 18 and under who comes is fed.

In summer 2018, 760,029 meals and snacks were served at 329 sites throughout Delaware, DOE said. 

“We know many children rely on the meals they receive in school and still have those food needs during summer break,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said. “With the partnership of our districts, charter schools and community organizations, this program gives children access to nutritious food during the summer in their own communities.”

To find a Summer Food Service Program location in your community and its dates of operation, call 211 or visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.

If you are interested in being a summer meal site, contact the Delaware Department of Education Nutrition Programs Office at (302) 857-3356.

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