Local produce served at children’s Summer Meals Program

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Updated: 7/23/2014 7:56 am
YERINGTON, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Community partnerships with Washoe County Nutrition Services, Peri & Sons Farms, Nevada Fresh Pack, Bonanza Produce, and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada are introducing locally grown produce to the summer meals program in Washoe County.

On Wednesday, July 23, fresh zucchini grown in Yerington will be served in free lunches at more than 50 sites throughout Washoe County as part of the Free Summer Meals Program for children.

Low-income children who depend on free lunch and breakfast at school can be at risk of hunger during the summer break when school meals are not available. Approximately 28,000 students, 47% of students in Washoe County School District, qualify for free lunch at school. Many don’t know where to turn for a good meal in the summer.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada joins forces with several community partners to provide free, nutritious meals for children and teens ages 1-18 years through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program. Last summer, about 2,500 children participated in Washoe County. Far more children are eligible and live within walking distance of the 40 local meal sites. With high unemployment and the slow economy, we expect to see increased participation at all meal sites this summer of 2014.

A group of organizations committed to children’s health sponsor summer meals for kids all over Reno, Sparks, Lemmon Valley, Sun Valley, and Stead. This summer, meal sites are sponsored by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, City of Reno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, and Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, in partnership with parks & recreation agencies of Sparks and Washoe counties, Sun Valley GID, Reno Housing Authority, and a handful of private apartment complexes.

This summer, meals are served weekdays through August 8 (dates and times vary by site.) Meals are available at several schools where there are community-sponsored summer activity programs for children. Also, many neighborhood parks are meal sites. Most sites offer lunch, and some serve breakfast too.

Summer meal programs satisfy local health department rules for safe food handling and service. All meals must be eaten at the serving site, and any children and teens ages 1-18 years can eat at any site, without charge. There are no enrollment requirements. Adults are not eligible for SFSP meals.

Call the Food Bank for more information (331-3663) or check the Kids Cafe page of the Food Bank Web site Fbnn.org.

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