Children can eat free in summer food programs

Posted June 30, 2010

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federal child nutrition program that provides up to two meals a day to children age 18 and under during the summer (or when schools are on extended breaks of 15 days or more).

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will offer food for children at 30 sites across the state this summer.

In the Triangle area, the following locations are still accepting participants:

Enfield Parks & Recreation
Weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Baptist Fellowship of Angier
Monday through Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Homework Haven in Wake County
Weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Warren County SEMAA
Weekdays 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:00

Witness & Worship Tabernacle in Vance County
Weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In the Wilmington area, programs still accepting participants are:

Pleasant Grove Church
Weekdays 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Communities in Schools of Cape Fear 
Mondays through Thursdays 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Communities in Schools of Cape Fear - Pender
Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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  • tommys5 Jul 7, 2010


  • Tax Man Jul 6, 2010

    I have to assume these parents are also getting food stamps - isn't that supposed to feed the kids? Welfare should be very temporary due to job loss or temporary disability. It needs to be repaid once the recipient gets back on their feet. It should never be for more than 6 months and is not a substitute for a real job and supporting your own family. If you cannot afford to raise kids then please don't have them! If you need to get multiple jobs to live, then do it! Be responsible and quit making us pay for your errors in judgment.

  • howdiditgettothis Jul 2, 2010

    I did take a look at the link provided by janessab, and read the entire page of the link. It states that the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas......"

    Guess what - it's paid by your tax dollars.

    So - I'm afriad I have to agree with koolady & wayneboyd.

    The hard working tax payers already pay for capable people to sit home and churn out babies all day, then we pay for their health care, then we pay for their day care, food, living expenses, education.......

    When does it end? When are the parents held responsible for raising, feeding, clothing, or participating in the lives of the children they CHOSE to have?

    Sorry - but in my line of work - I see too many people on medicaid talking on cell phones with manicured nails buying lottery tickets.

    The kids of these folks simply learn that the government takes care of them, so why be a productive citizen?

  • koolady Jul 2, 2010

    What next? Clothes, camps, hair cuts, toys, cell phones? The list is endless. Parents needs to be responsible for their kids, not the taxpayers.

  • isolde36 Jul 2, 2010

    This program is so valuable - but this article contains no information about how to volunteer/help. How can I do so?

    Oh, and to the commenter below, perhaps you'll find answers to your questions at

  • wayneboyd Jul 2, 2010

    You'll have to indulge me and listen to me tell you how disgustingly sick reading this is making me.
    The deadbeat lazy parents of these children have been given money for food stamps, and now you're telling me that because they're too lazy to prepare the food that taxpayers provided we now have to prepare two additional meals each day for them.
    How do these kids get to the locations? Are the parents too lazy to bring them in or do the taxpayers have to foot the bill for this too.
    Don't misunderstand me here, by all means feed the children they didn't have a choice in parents. I recommend taking them away from the deadbeats, place them in inviornments that are good for the children, and cut out all the monies going to parents who are probably, drinking, drugging and gambling it away to begin with.
    I would like to see these funds set aside for each childs furthered educations. This way they'd become an assets of society, not burdens to it.