With the school year winding to a close, many Ohio parents and caregivers have an urgent concern: How to stretch the family budget to feed children nutritious meals during summer vacation. The Ohio Department of Education has an answer – the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.
Although this tweet was for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program, all information contained within it remains the same, including contact information:
All over Ohio, kids aged 18 and under are eligible to receive free meals at participating program sites, and disabled individuals or those with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) through age 21 are also eligible to participate in the program.
In 2016, some 1,900 participating sites provided nearly four million meals through this Summer Food Service Program called Kids Eat. The 2017 program already has a number of participating locations with more being added.
No sign-up is required and all meals to qualified young people are provided free of charge. Contact information for this program and the location of participating program sites and meal times, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through the Ohio Department of Education includes:
The Ohio Department of Education’s website notes that more participation sites will soon be added to the website, so if there isn’t one near you the first time you check, return periodically to see if that information changes.
It’s really as simple as finding a participating site near you and then your child or children showing up at the designated meal times to eat.
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