“Kids don’t lose their appetites when school cafeterias close for summer, so Colorado’s Summer Meal Program is stepping up, serving free meals in more than 500 locations across the state to all children up to age 18.
Amanda Suriano supervises a site in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. She says many families just don’t have the financial resources to make up for lost school meals, and making sure kids have healthy food during summer break gives them the fuel they need to go back to the classroom ready to learn.
“Here at Glenarm Recreation Center, we serve lunch and snacks during the summer,” she says. “We’re just here to make sure that we’re serving these kiddos these nutritious, flavorful meals and that they’re available to them and accessible.”
Colorado’s Summer Food Service Program is a collaboration between government agencies, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Serving locations can be found online at kidsfoodfinder.org, or by calling Hunger Free Colorado’s toll-free hotline at (855) 855-4626.”
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Gates, Eric. Public News Service 25 July 2017.