Nashua's children won't go hungry thanks to summer food program
Last summer, more than 5,000 meals were served as part of the Summer Food Service Program offered by Southern New Hampshire Services.
For some less fortunate children, the lunch they receive at school is their only meal throughout the day, according to Carignan, who said she doesn't want to see that vital meal come to an end just because the school doors have closed for summer vacation.
No proof of residence is necessary, and meals are provided regardless of race, color, origin, sex or disability. Even if children were not receiving free and reduced lunches throughout the school year, they are still eligible to receive the summer lunch and supper meals as long as they are 18 years old or younger.
There are seven locations in the city where the free meals will be served weekdays from now until Aug. 26. The cold meals, which are funded though the United States Department of Agriculture, must be eaten on site, and must follow federal nutrition guidelines, according to organizers.
"Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child's need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school," says the website.
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