Anne Arundel County Public Schools will continue to provide nutritional resources for children across the county again this summer, expanding its free summer meals program at 19 sites (15 last year) and aiming to serve nearly 100,000 (70,000 last year) meals by the time school resumes in August. The program will begin on Wednesday, June 25 and run Monday through Thursday through August 14, depending upon the location.
Some of the sites will be completely open to the public while others will serve young people attending specific programs related to an organization or facility. According to this schedule, anyone between the ages of 2 and 18 can visit a site and receive free breakfast and/or lunch as part of the “Food That’s In When School Is Out” meals program. There are no income or registration requirements.
In addition to the open sites, mobile meals service will deliver to various locations throughout the western and northern parts of the county according to the above schedule. All applicable neighborhoods will receive notice of when the mobile meals will be available in their area.
“I am so proud that we’ve been able to not only continue this important program, but also expand it to feed more and more children by the thousands,” said Jodi Risse, AACPS’ Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services. “We truly believe that healthy bodies fuel healthy minds and that notion is no different just because class is no longer in session.”
Using federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Anne Arundel County Public Schools also serves meals at various summer school and summer camp sites and works with organizations and agencies to help feed their young participants.
In the current school year, AACPS will serve nearly 5 million lunches and 2.7 million breakfasts in schools. The system receives no county funds to operate lunch and breakfast programs. Revenue for the program comes from federal reimbursements (54 percent), food sales (43 percent), and state funding (3 percent).
In addition to in-school breakfast and lunch and the aforementioned programs, AACPS offers a variety of programs to help foster healthy students, cultivate community wellness, and aid in closing the achievement gap. These include Maryland Meals for Achievement at 44 schools, the At-Risk Dinner Program at 23 schools, Breakfast With Class at 7 schools, and the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Program.
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