Free Meals: Sites across region offer food, activities for kids who may go without
The region's 2019 summer lunch programs are ramping up, offering both free meals and activities for kids who may otherwise go hungry.Posted — Updated
The region's 2019 summer lunch programs are ramping up, offering both free meals and activities for kids who may otherwise go hungry.
The meals are offered to kids and teens ages 18 and under at different locations through August. You don't need to fill out an application or bring proof of income to receive a meal. Kids can just show up.
The program is intended for kids in low-income areas who may get a free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch at school.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, which is administered in North Carolina by the N.C. Department of Instruction.
And here are more specific details about two free lunch programs in the Triangle (but, just remember, there are many more) ...
Free lunch at Poe Center in Raleigh
The series runs on Wednesdays through Aug. 7. The Poe Center will offer other activities each week for kids who stop by for the free meal. (Meals must be eaten on site and can't be picked up and eaten elsewhere). Lunch runs from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays. Activities are from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Here's the event schedule:
activities in the GrowWELL Garden.
Free lunch at Chapel Hill, Carrboro locations
In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Food For the Summer partners and staff are providing weekday meals and fun at six open sites this summer.
The program will be providing a “mini-camp” experience at meal sites each day with additional enrichment activities for a broader range of kids – including preschoolers, middle schoolers and high schoolers, according to a press release.
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