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The Summer Food Service Program: Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break

 

Each summer Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) serves children throughout the county free nutritious meals as part of a variety of summer programs.

“The Summer Food Service program began in 1976. The reality is that hunger does not take a vacation. This is the perfect way to reach out to children in the community and provide healthy, balanced breakfast and lunch options for anyone under 18,” said MCPS Director of Food and Nutrition Services Marla Caplon.

This summer nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 111 locations and six walk-in locations including Summit Hall Elementary, Merryville Elementary, Rolling Terrace Elementary, John F. Kennedy High School.

“Slightly more than 32% of children in Montgomery County are eligible for free or reduced price meals during the school year and might otherwise go without those meals during the summer when school is not in session,” explained Board of Education President Christopher Barclay.

Last year, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 285,000 meals.