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When the last school bell rang a few weeks ago, children across Central Florida raced home with visions of family vacations, splash pads and summer camps in their heads. But for thousands of kids and families, summer break signaled an unwelcome challenge of replacing school cafeteria breakfasts and lunches for their children.
Sixty percent of children in Central Florida qualify for free or reduced lunch, but only about 9 percent participate in the Summer Food Service Program, which launched in 2008 to provide students continued access to healthy meals during the summer break.
This year 118 locations are offering free lunch to children in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties. Each meal consists of vegetables, fruit, dairy and a protein.
Thanks to YOU, Second Harvest will deliver over 250,000 meals to children in our community this summer. And thanks to you, in June our summer feeding program will surpass 1 million meals served since its inception in 2008.
When we partner together, we can bring hope back into the homes of so many. Together, we can fill plates and feed hope to kids this summer.