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February 09
Wake County Summer Nutrition Program for Kids Kicks Off With Community Forum

With the goal of serving a total of 417,000 free, nutritious meals to children and teens through the Summer Nutrition Program for Kids, representatives from local organizations will gather from 2:30 until 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, for the 2016 Wake County Summer Nutrition Program for Kids Community Forum.

The forum will take place in Room 118 at the Wake Technical Community College Western Campus, located at 3434 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.

Community organizations, faith-based communities, businesses, educational institutions and all organizations where children gather during the summer are invited to attend to:

  • Learn how to become a meal distribution site;
  • Make connections with sponsors; and
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities available.

This year the Summer Food Service Program Committee has identified 14 areas to serve meals in the county in addition to the areas already served.

Last summer, more than 306,000 free, nutritious meals were served to children and teens in low-income areas of Wake County through the Summer Nutrition Program for Kids. In addition to increasing that number by 110,000 meals, the 2016 goals are:

  • Increase the number of sites in Wake County by 15%;
  • Increase the number of sponsors in Eastern Wake County; and
  • Implement at least one mobile meals program.

The 2016 Summer Nutrition Program for Kids is a federally funded, state-administered program that makes it possible for community organizations to participate in providing nutrition to children and teens, ages 18 and younger, in low-income areas at no charge during the summer months when school is not in session and during track-out times for year-round schools.

The initiative is a focus of the Wake County Human Services Board, because research shows that young people who go without nutritious meals are more likely to have health issues and not be prepared to learn once school begins in the fall.

The forum is being held by the Wake County Human Services Board, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C., No Kid Hungry N.C. and other community organizations.


 



 

 

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