Millions of children depend on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year. For many of these children, summer vacation does not mean ‘fun in the sun’ but increased anxiety about where they will find consistent access to meals while school is out.

Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP, good nutrition doesn’t have to end when the last school bell rings for the summer. SFSP provides children with nutritious meals throughout the summer and encourages continued physical and social development.

Yet many children are unable to participate in SFSP due to lack of access. Simply put, there are not enough sites to serve all the children who need the program. After recognizing that some of the neediest communities in our area had little or no access to SFSP or other summer meals, the Food Bank committed to sponsor SFSP in 2008, and has continued that commitment every summer thereafter.

Each summer, the Food Bank and our partner agencies provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas where the children may have otherwise had to go without. Every weekday throughout the summer, the Food Bank prepares and delivers nutritious breakfasts and lunches to the following sites:

Albany County
Sheridan Park (in partnership with Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless)
Albany Boys and Girls Club

Columbia County
Blass Park (in partnership with Ancramdale Neighbors Helping Neighbors)

Montgomery County
Catholic Charities
Centro Civico
Clara Bacon School (in partnership with Amsterdam Parks and Recreation Department)

Warren County
Crandall Park (in partnership with the Glens Falls Recreation Department)
Glens Falls YMCA
Ski Bowl Park (in partnership with Adirondack Community Outreach Center)
Warrensburg Arts and Crafts Camp (in partnership with the Town of Warrensburg)
Warrensburg Sports Camp (in partnership with the Town of Warrensburg)

 

We appreciate the opportunity to partner with these agencies to ensure disadvantaged kids get the food they need to stay well, enjoy the summer, and return to school ready to learn.

To learn more about the Food Bank’s role in the Summer Food Service Program, or if you are interested in becoming a Summer Food Service Program partner site, please contact Betsy Dickson at 518-786-3691 x233 or betsyd@regionalfoodbank.net. (This institution is an equal opportunity provider.)