The Anne Arundel County School system has expanded their free Summer Meals program. The program helps serve nutritious meals to children in need. Many low-income children across the state rely on the Summer
Meals Program to ensure they do not go hungry when school is no longer in session.
As reported in The Capital Gazette:
“School’s out for summer and we’re excited,” said Jodi Risse, supervisor of food and nutrition services for county schools. “(But) we want to continue to feed and fuel our students throughout the summer.”
The free summer meals program is offered to students in areas of economic need, Risse said. Those are areas where 50 percent or more of students receive free or reduced-priced meals. Last summer, Mobile Meals served 14,861 meals.
New school sites at Annapolis Middle and Lothian Elementary schools are among 15 locations across the county. Some are open to the public, meaning anyone ages 2-18 can utilize the free meals — there are no income or registration requirements — while others serve children in specific programs.
Last summer the program — including breakfast, lunch, dinner and mobile meals— totaled more than 82,000 meals, data provided by county schools showed.
This summer, however, with the new school sites and Mobile Meals routes, the goal is to serve over 100,000 meals, Risse said.
Read The Capital Gazette to learn more.