FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/31/2022
Contact: Melanie Ryan
Director, Communications & Marketing
Children’s Hunger Alliance
Children’s Hunger Alliance Provides Meals to Kids Through the Summer Food Service Program
As part of its effort to ensure kids have access to healthy meals during the summer, Children’s Hunger Alliance participates in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at various sites. Please see the attached list for locations, dates and times.
The summer months are one of the hungriest times of the year for children. Summer break increases food insecurity and can lead to learning loss in low-income children. Summer nutrition programs serve as a bridge to fill the meal gap that so many children face each year. Increased participation can reduce food insecurity and provide healthy meals to lessen summer weight gain, boost academic performance and prepare children for the beginning of the school year, and enhance physical, social and emotional development.
The Summer Meals program is funded by the USDA and run by school districts and local organizations, and sites can be found throughout the community. Families can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 304-304 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. No application, registration or proof of residency or citizenship is required at sites.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form , (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. Through their work, Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals to hungry children, advocates for the welfare of Ohio’s youngest citizens and teaches nutrition and physical education to those they serve. For more information, please visit www.childrenshungeralliance.org .