ALBANY, N.Y. – Despite the school year coming to a close, thousands of children remain eligible for free, nutritious meals at hundreds of sites around New York State this summer.
State agencies are working with nonprofit and private partners to increase awareness of the Summer Food Service Program, which fills a gap for families that rely on free and reduced-price school meals during the school year to help feed their children. Governor Andrew Cuomo also issued a proclamation marking July as Summer Meals Month in New York State to highlight the issue.
The federally-funded program is administered by the New York State Education Department, and provides free nutritious meals and snacks at participating sites, including schools, parks, recreation centers and other neighborhood locations.
The program benefits children 18-years old and younger from low-income households, as well as to young adults over age 18 that are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities.
Approximately 400,000 children a day will receive meals through the program this summer.
The New York State Education Department has an interactive map online with information on all the summer meal sites in New York State that can be accessed here. The New York State Department of Health’s Growing Up Healthy Hotline, 1-800-522-5006, can also help locate a summer meal site in your community.