District Gearing up to Provide Summer Meals to Children
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (April 18, 2019) – Even though summer is still weeks away, Hillsborough County Public Schools is in full gear, planning efforts to ensure children have nutritious meals when school is not in session.
Our district, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Department of Aging Services, will host the Summer Meals Program Expo on Saturday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m. at All People’s Park and Life Center, located at 6105 Sligh Avenue, Tampa.
This expo will celebrate the Summer Meals Program for 2019. At the event, families can enjoy summer treats from M & B Dairy and CK Produce, cooking demonstrations, a meet and greet from the Tampa Police Department SWAT and bike teams, performances from school music programs, games, and more.
There are approximately 220,000 students enrolled in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Currently, 63% of the students in our district quality for free and reduced-price meals during the school year. Last summer, Student Nutrition Services staff served more than 500,000 meals to children in Hillsborough County.
Interested media can interview Hillsborough Schools Student Nutrition Services General Manager Mary Kate Harrison at the expo about our district’s ongoing efforts to provide healthy meals for children.
Hillsborough Schools Student Nutrition Services participates in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for children ages 18 and under during summer months when school is not in session. This year our district is partnering with MyON for Literacy to promote reading at the summer meal sites. MyON for Literacy will provide children the opportunity to sign up for the free online book library to encourage reading throughout the summer.
The Summer Meals Program Expo will provide families information about summer meal site locations, summer reading programs, and other community resources available to families.