The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including a couple nearby.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.
Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:
- Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
- Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
- Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project
Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.
Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Miller Community Center, at 330 19th Ave. East, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.