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Learning doesn’t end when school lets out; neither does the need for good nutrition! Kids in Florida under the age of 18 are able to receive free, nutritious meals like breakfast, lunch and snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Second Harvest Food Bank hosts more than 90 sites each summer.
Map of Summer Sites.
The Darden Foundation Community Kitchen at Second Harvest supplies healthy, wholesome meals to our summer sites through our Meals for Good service. Using refrigerated trucks, deliveries are made daily to day cares, summer camps, and other programs for children. The mobile units deliver meals to kids that live in mobile home communities and apartment complexes. This helps meet the need of those kids who are unable to attend summer camps or other programs. The mobile unit reach children that are often left home to take care of themselves, or don't have access to a summer meal site.
Last summer, 190,378 meals were prepared at 93 feeding sites. This partnership helps reach children that are out of the traditional delivery range for most programs, either due to school districts or programs unable to provide service because of low enrollment.
Though over 60% of Central Florida kids qualify for free or reduced lunch, only about 9% of those kids participate in the summer feeding program. That is still too many kids at risk of being hungry and not having the adequate nutrition they need. Since the program began in 2008, Second Harvest has provided more than 940,057 summer meals to kids in our community.