Rally for Launch of Summer Food Program


By Alabama News Network

With school almost out for the summer, that means it can be tough for many children to have hot, nutritious meals.

But, once again free lunches will be available through the summer food service program.

A kickoff rally to raise awareness for the program was held in Troy today.

The statewide program will offer children a free lunch from the beginning of June through the end of July.


It’s federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a representative all the way from Capitol Hill was in attendance.

Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy under Secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services said, "What many people don't realize is that far many children, most of the food that they get. That good nutrition comes from school so when the school bell rings and school closes, those kids need the same food during the summer." 


There are 16 sites in Pike County alone for the program.

They were able to serve 3,500 children last year. Since it is statewide, contact your local school to find a site near you.

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