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Help summer meals program for kids
Help summer meals program for kids

Winter Haven, FL --  The Polk Public Schools Foodservice Department needs your help finding summer recreation programs, camps or childcare sites to participate in its free summer meals program.

The foodservice department provides free, nutritious breakfast and lunch to children in these and other similar programs when school meals are not available during the summer.

The summer meals program is from June 15 to Aug. 4 and is for children between the ages of one and 18.

There is no cost for sites to participate but a key criteria to participate is that the program, camp or center receiving the meals must operate in an area deemed needy based on census tract or demographic data.

Other criteria includes:

  • Being able to serve a minimum of 35 meals per day and operate at least 10 days in the summer.
  • Operate an open feeding site where neighborhood children not participating in the summer program can come to the site to be fed.
  • Have adequate coolers, refrigeration and food storage equipment and also be able to provide adequate supervision during mealtimes.

Contact Betty Blankenship at (863) 534-0588, for complete summer meals criteria and application information.

The application deadline for potential participating sites in the summer meals program is April 8.

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