|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, July 8, 1998|
Summer Food Program Provides Free Meals to Children Across the State
Malden - Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll has announced that once again this summer, Massachusetts children can have free or reduced-price meals at parks, camps, playgrounds, schools and many other locations throughout the state.
Last summer more than 2 million meals were served to close to 40,000 children statewide at 555 feeding sites. With an additional 23 sites offering meals this year, more children are expected to benefit from the program this summer.
The Massachusetts summer food program is supported by the federal government, and annually provides nutritious meals for low-income children. Sites are selected based on the number of students receiving free or reduced-price meals in the area. Children 18 years and under are eligible to receive meals at a participating site.
Commissioner Driscoll said, "Children need to have nutritious meals every day, whether they are in school or at the playground. We want all children to eat well during the summer so they can be ready for a healthy and energetic start when schools open in September. I hope that people will take advantage of this important service."
To find out where children can go this summer for free and reduced-price meals, call 1-800-645-8333.