June 23: Mayor’s Office, USDA Kick Off Free Summer Meals at Aquinas Center

More than 1,000 sites expected to operate in the region this summer

WHAT: ­ The Mayor’s Office, the USDA and community partners will announce the start of free summer meals for kids, the yearly effort to ensure no child goes hungry while school is out.

The event will address the need for summer meals in Philadelphia and highlight the ways people can find nearby sites. The press conference will take place as lunch is being served to children and teens at Aquinas Center in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia Eagles Mascot SWOOP will also be in attendance interacting with the kids. Members of the media are invited to attend.

According to the “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” report issued by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Pennsylvania ranked 12th in summer meals participation nationwide in 2014. While that is certainly a high ranking, a closer look reveals four out of five children statewide who receive free lunch during the school year are not participating in summer meals.

To find a nearby site, call the toll-free Philly Summer Meals Hotline at 1-855-252-MEAL (6325) or text “FOOD” to 877877 to find the closest Summer Meals site. A searchable map containing all Summer Meal sites can also be found at http://www.phillysummermeals.org

WHO:  Deputy Mayor Richard Negrin, City of Philadelphia
James Harmon, Mid-Atlantic Special Nutrition Programs Director-USDA
Noelle Dames, Community Educator, Coalition Against Hunger
Kathy Fisher, Policy Manager, Coalition Against Hunger
Anne Ayella, Assistant Director, NDS

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Aquinas Center
1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

For more information, visit http://www.phillysummermeals.org

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