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SAN ANTONIO (June 26, 2017) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s WIC Clinics are once again offering the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) at all 10 Metro Health WIC sites.
The program ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Previously Metro Health’s WIC served as one of only two national pilot programs. Last summer, Metro Health was asked to expand the program to all 10 WIC clinics. On average this summer, the 10 sites have provided 665 breakfasts and 600 lunches each week to children 18 years of age and under.
“Food insecurity is a real issue in our community and we are proud to be offering this service at a time when children, on summer vacation from school, may have a tougher time accessing healthy, nutritious meals,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, Metro Health.
Historically, summer food programs have taken place at community centers, summer camps, school cafeterias, or Parks and Recreation facilities. Metro Health WIC is offering summer meals for the third consecutive year. Good nutrition is essential for learning and thriving both in school and out of school. SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child's physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school. It helps children return to school ready to learn.
For more information on Metro Health’s WIC clinics, please visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/HealthServices/WIC.aspx