ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany Public Housing Authority will be kicking off their Summer Food Service Program Wednesday morning.
The program is set up to make sure that while students are out of school, they are still able to receive an adequate meal. These meals are free and available for all students who are 18-years-old and under.
Albany's Housing Authority has been sponsoring these Summer Food Service Programs for over 30 years, providing breakfast and lunch for children in need.
Brigitte Pryor, with Albany Housing Authority says school may be the only place students get a nutritious meal, which is why she says it's so important to have a program like this when school's out.
Organizers say the meals, which are served at the various sites, will prevent hunger and make a difference in communities all over the state. One of the 18 sites includes the Albany Police Athletic League Summer Camp on Madison Avenue.
In 2013, the city served about 25,000 meals for the children.
The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program administered by the state's education department.
About 400,000 children a day will be receiving these meals throughout the summer across the State of New York.
A recent study shows there was an increase in students participating in last year's program. The state is trying to spread word of the program to all eligible students.
Albany will have 18 different locations where they will be serving meals throughout the summer.