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Children eating lunch at school, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s photostream

Did you know that while approximately 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day? The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank’s Summer Food Program offers free food and fun to anyone age 18 and under all summer long. And, there’s no paperwork required!

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20111019-FNS-RBN-1703, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s photostream

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a national program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides more than 200 million free meals to kids during the summer months because food insecurity is year-round. Far too often, these lunches are the only nutritious meal some children have to eat all day. This year’s Summer Food Program starts in about a month, and the first update of Pennsylvania sites has just been sent to 211 and the USDA. Your help is needed letting families know about this program, so please share this post on your social media sites, with your groups and networks, and when talking to friends and family who may be in need.

To participate, please text FOOD to 877-877 or call 211 for more information and to find a site in your neighborhood. You can also download a .PFD flyer here to share.

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