HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released the meal service locations for the 2016 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
The SFSP is a federally-funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and administered in commonwealth by PDE. It provides nutritious meals to all children in qualifying areas during summer months, free of charge.
Many students who receive free or reduced cost meals during the school year through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, lack access to healthy and nutritious food during the summer months and are at risk of hunger. Limited access to nutritious food during the summer can have an impact on learning all year long, and can make students more susceptible to illness and other health issues. The SFSP aims to close the gap on nutritious food access.
In Pennsylvania, over 7 million meals were served throughout the summer at approximately 2,900 meal service sites in 2015.
There are several ways to locate a participating meal site:
- "211" is the phone number for the National call center.
- "1.866.3Hungry" or "1.877.8Hambre" are numbers to call to find the place and time of free meals.
- www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks is the website that locates the place and time where free meals are served.
- Text "FOOD" to 877877 to find out the nearest SFSP site to your location.
- www.RangeApp.org is a mobile app that locates the place and time where free meals are served.
For more information on the Summer Food Service Program, please visit PDE's website at www.education.pa.gov or call 800-331-0129.