Michelle Martinez, 210-207-6122
(San Antonio, TX – June 16, 2017) This summer the Parks and Recreation Department will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child. SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.
“We know that San Antonio youth need good nutrition year-round in order to learn, grow and succeed in life,” said Xavier Urrutia, Director of Parks and Recreation. “These healthy meals are vital to nourishing youth during summer vacation and will be provided at Parks and Recreation community centers, select City swimming pools and through our Summer Youth Program.”
The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:
- Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator
- Visit www.SummerFood.org for an interactive site locator map
- Text FOODTX to 877-877
Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA.
Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For a listing of Summer Food sites visit SAParksandRec.com or call (210) 207-3221.
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