Free Summer Lunch to Fight Hunger
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- Making sure children get fed even when they’re not in school. That’s the mission of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.
Since June the Summer Food Service Program has prevented children from going hungry. No school means losing access to school meals.
“Children 18 and under are served, it’s been very successful and the kids seem to enjoy it,” says Elizabeth Cournoyer, Holyoke High School and Summer Food Service employee.
The bagged lunch was distributed on Wednesday to any child at Heritage Park in Holyoke; no registration required.
Locations are chosen if attendance from a nearby school has 50 percent of children enrolled eligible for free or reduced price school meals.
Hundreds of sites have been set up across the state, including other parks, schools and community centers.
Two days out of the week hot lunch is served and the remaining days are cold lunch. Each food option is healthy.
“Juice, milk, ham and cheese sandwich, carrots,” explains Cournoyer.
“My dad died of heart problems so my kids need to be having a good lunch that is healthy,” says Carmen Burgos.
Friday is the final day of the summer food service program.