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Here are the places in Virginia Beach where children can get free meals during the summer

VIRGINIA BEACH — Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available to all children ages 18 years and younger at designated Virginia Beach City Public Schools sites this summer.

The Summer Food Service Program is administered through the Virginia Department of Education and funded by the USDA which reimburses the school division for meals served, according to a news release from VBCPS.

Children do not have to be enrolled in VBCPS or in the school division to take part in the program, nor do they or their parents have to complete paperwork or show proof of income or identification, public schools officials said.

Children only need to show up at any open summer meal site during the designated hours to receive a meal.

The Summer Food Service Program provides federal funding to offer meals and snacks to children during the summer months when school is not in session. Nationally, more than 13 million children live in “food insecure homes.”

The schedule for this year’s Summer Food Service Program at VBCPS is as follows, with all sites closed July 4, and Bayside and Green Run high schools closed July 19:

School Dates Food service Hours Available
Newton Elementary Mon – Fri,
June 18 – Aug. 17
Breakfast and lunch 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Noon – 1 p.m.
Diamond Springs Elementary
Williams Elementary
Mon – Fri,
June 18 – Aug. 17
Breakfast and lunch 8 – 9 a.m.
Noon – 1 p.m.
College Park Elementary
Bayside Middle School
Mon – Thu,
June 25 – Aug. 2
Breakfast and lunch 8 – 9 a.m.
Noon – 1 p.m.
Bayside High School
Green Run High School
Mon – Thu,
June 26 – Aug. 13
Breakfast 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Birdneck Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Parkway Elementary
Rosemont Elementary
Bayside Sixth Grade Campus
Luxford Elementary
Shelton Park Elementary
Windsor Oaks Elemntary
Kempsville Meadows Elementary
White Oaks Elementary
Windsor Woods Elementary
Mon – Thu,
July 9 – Aug. 2
Breakfast and
lunch
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Seatack Elementary Mon – Thu,
July 9 – Aug. 2
Breakfast and
lunch
8 – 9 a.m.
10 – 11 a.m.
Green Run Elementary
Holland Elementary
Lynnhaven Elementary
Tue – Thu,
July 10 – Aug. 2
Breakfast and lunch 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Along with the Summer Food Service Program, VBCPS participates in several other programs to support food-insecure families in the city.

Specifically, the division collaborates with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation to operate the Beach Bags program, which provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and school breaks, according to the news release.

Additionally, all elementary schools offer Breakfast in the Classroom, and qualifying schools take part in the Supper Feeding and Community Eligibility programs.

For information about the Summer Food Service Program, call the VBCPS Office of Food Services at 757-263-1101 or visit the VDOE’s website.

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