Summer Initiative Launches To Give Meals To Baltimore Children
By Ashley Michelle Williams
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano have launched the 2013 Summer Food Service Program.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a part of the Baltimore City Super Summer initiative, and runs from June 17 through August 16. It is administered by Baltimore Housing’s Office of Community Services.
Through the 44-day program, children ages 18 and under are able to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch five days a week during the summer months, when schools are closed.
“Through the Summer Food Service Program, parents can be assured that their children will continue to get the support they need," Commissioner Graziano said.
City officials say they plan on feeding more than 20,000 children per day. They estimate that a total of 660,000 breakfasts and 660,000 lunches will be served this summer due to current economic situations that many families are facing.
“It’s important that our children get the support they need throughout the summer months,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “The Summer Food Service Program provides our children, who receive much-needed nutritious meals—the nourishment they need to thrive during their summer vacation.”
In addition to these services, city officials say the Family League of Baltimore City will serve dinner at 100 program sites and offer an mobile meals program that serve vulnerable families at three locations within Baltimore City.
The Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) School and Community Nutrition Program, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding for the program.
During the program, children ages 18 and under receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch five days a week during the summer months, when schools are closed.