Eat, Drink and Be Healthy! Mayor Rawlings-Blake Kicks Off the 2013 Summer Food Service Program
BALTIMORE, MD (May 1, 2013) – Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano launched the 2013 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is administered by Baltimore Housing’s Office of Community Services. The program runs from June 17 through August 16. Children ages 18 and under will receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch five days a week during the summer months, when schools are closed.
“It’s important that our children get the support they need throughout the summer months,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “The Summer Food Service Program provides our children, who receive much-needed nutritious meals—the nourishment they need to thrive during their summer vacation.”
Thousands of children in Baltimore rely on the meals provided at school to get the nutrition they require to learn and grow. Over the 44-day period, the program will feed more than 20,000 children per day. In addition to providing meals for children, Baltimore Housing offers wrap-around services with a holistic approach to help stabilize vulnerable families in Baltimore City. Additionally, The Family League of Baltimore City will serve summer supper at 100 program sites and offer an innovative mobile meals program, which will stop at three locations within Baltimore City. Based on current economic conditions, the City estimates that 660,000 breakfasts and 660,000 lunches will be served this summer. The Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) School and Community Nutrition Program, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding for the SFSP.
The Summer Food Service Program is a part of the Baltimore City Super Summer initiative. This innovative partnership between the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, and nonprofits connects young people to learning, meals, reading, and fun in the summer months. Parents and guardians interested in connecting their children with programs in their community should visit youthbmore.org or call 211 for more information.
“When schools close for the summer, some of our children miss out on much-needed free and reduced breakfast and lunch,” said Commissioner Graziano. “Through the Summer Food Service Program, parents can be assured that their children will continue to get the support they need.”
For more information about the 2013 Summer Food Service Program, visit www.baltimorehousing.org/food.