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Mayor Pugh Kicks-Off the 2017 Summer Meals Program

BALTIMORE, MD (June 20, 2017) – Mayor Catherine E. Pugh joined the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD), the Family League of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Department of Planning, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), elected officials, other City and non-profit partners, and youth to kick-off the 2017 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at the C.C. Jackson Recreation Center. Children, ages 18 and under, will receive a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and supper during the summer months when schools are closed. The program will operate seven days a week from June 19th through September 1st.

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The Summer Food Service Program is a collaborative effort between Baltimore Housing, the Family League of Baltimore, Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Baltimore City Department of Planning, as well as several smaller sponsors throughout the City. The meals, which are provided at no cost to the children, are freshly prepared and delivered daily by contracted food vendors to the sites. MSDE’s Community Nutrition Program, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides funding for the SFSP. To help reduce childhood food insecurity, the length of the program has been extended from eight to 11 weeks to ensure that all youth have access to breakfast and lunch all summer long. Collectively, it is expected that the SFSP will offer over 1 million meals this year.

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The Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, in collaboration with DHCD, has improved the nutritional standards for summer meals to include fresh fruits and/or vegetables with every lunch. Fresh produce will be purchased from local farms. Also, juice will be removed from the menu since it is no longer considered a fruit. In addition to serving summer meals at their affiliated sites, the Family League will offer an innovative mobile meals program that will provide meals throughout Baltimore City. In its first week of the season, the mobile meal van has served nearly 500 meals.

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DHCD has partnered with the Baltimore City Fire Department to provide lunch at Squad 40 and Station 5 during “Friday's at the Fire Station.” The Western District will also serve lunch from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In addition, the Food Depot on Belair Road and at the Westside Shopping Center will serve lunch from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The Open Works Farmers Market on Greenmount Avenue will also serve Sunday breakfast and lunch.

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To locate a meal site, parents are encouraged to call 211 or visit www.MDsummermeals.org.

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