Summer feeding program for children returns

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Gena Booth passed out food to her children Jude, 3, Dakota and Phoenix, 4, and baby Gray on the first day of the Greenfield-Central summer feeding program in 2023. The program opens this year June 3; the splash pad at Greenfield’s Riley Park is one of three sites open to the community.

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GREENFIELD – Breakfast and lunch are available for free for children throughout this summer at several Greenfield sites.

Starting June 3 and running through July 24, anyone 18 years and younger can eat meals free of charge.

Sites are: Greenfield-Central High School (Door 14) weekdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch; Greenfield-Central Junior High School (Door 11), weekdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to noon for lunch; and the splash pad at Riley Park for lunch only, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. weekdays. No meals are served on July 4.

The Kids Kamp at Greenfield Parks Department is also receiving meals, but it is a closed site for participants of the Kids Kamp only.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally-funded program to connect children with nutritious food when school is out. Greenfield-Central’s kitchens organize the program locally, but there are sites nationwide that are reimbursed by the USDA.

Children do not have to be enrolled in G-C schools to enjoy a meal; even those younger than school age can eat. All meals must be consumed on-site.

For program locations outside of Hancock County, call 211 or text “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744 (“Verano” for Spanish).

Households in need of assistance any time of the year can call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY to speak with a representative who will find resources, such as summer meal sites, food banks and other nearby social services.