Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Finding a free summer meal is just as easy as sending a text

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(HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

The Virginia Department of Agriculture just kicked off its summer food service program for children under the age of 18.

Just by texting FOOD to 877-877 or calling 2-1-1, people can find out where the closest location is to finding breakfast or lunch.

Text COMIDA to 877-877 and find information in Spanish.

Free meals are offered to kids and teens under the age of 18 who come to the meal sites and according to this website, many sites offer educational and recreational activities that kids of all ages can participate in so they can eat, hang out with friends, and take part in activities offered.

Parents do not have to sign their kids up for this program.

The Summer Food Service Program is administered at the federal level, partnering with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, according to Nokidhungry.com.

For those who need help in finding a location to the meals and can’t access a phone, visit USDA’s website for an interactive map.

For information about getting meals all year (not just in the summer), click here.

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