Applications underway for summer food service program
People are starting to think about school getting out and summer vacation.
But for some, summer poses a troubling question: Who will feed their children?
That's the point of the Summer Food Service program, sponsored by the Community Action Partnership.
"They can have a choice of serving either combo of breakfast and lunch, or snack and lunch or snack and dinner if they are open later," says Debbie Belt, spokeswoman for the partnership.
It may be just a meal or two, but for thousands of children in Lousiville, those meals could be their only ones of the day.
The Summer Food Service program sponsored by Community Action Partnership is now accepting applications for potential sites where the meals will be served.
The program provides free and nutritious meals for children one to 18-years-old in Jefferson County during the summer from June 7 through Aug. 6.
The meals of sandwiches and other chilled items are prepared by JCPS and delivered to more than 120 sites around town. Non-profit, community based organization, churches, and neighborhood councils can now starting applying for the program.
"We're estimating probably 7,000 meals served each day across the board in Jefferson County at those sites," Belt says.
Debbie Belt with CAP says it's too early to tell if there will be an increased need this year because of the economy. The program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and costs about $1 million to run.
For parents, these meals are one less thing for them to worry about while their kids are out of school.
"It really does give piece of mind," Belt says.
Applications are underway for the Summer Food Service Program, to make sure area kids get a healthy meal when school's out.
Click HERE to visit the application site.