Virginia’s State Superintendent reminds families of free summer meals

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – James Lane, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is reminding Virginia families of the availability of free, nutritious meals during the summer months that are provided through two summer meals programs.

The Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option operate at schools, public housing centers, community centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and houses of worship.

Last summer, meals were served under the programs at approximately 1,000 locations across Virginia.

“Nearly 600,000 Virginia students rely on nutritious free or reduced-priced school meals to support their developing minds and bodies during the school year. I am grateful for all our summer meals sponsors and partners who keep our students and their families connected to wholesome and nutritious meals during the summer months so they are ready to learn when the new school year begins in August and September.”

James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Children aged 18 and under are being offered these meals at participating locations with no proof of identity required.

Children receiving Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits are also eligible to participate in the program.

To find nearby summer meals program locations, click here.

Parents and guardians can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 for a list of nearby feeding centers.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows organizations to combine feeding programs with other activities in communities where at least 50-percent of children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.

Due to pandemic-related federal waivers, schools and other sponsors in Virginia communities are eligible to participate in both summer meals programs through the summer months.

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