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Wicomico Summer Program to Provide Breakfast and Lunch for Kids

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By Bethany Hooper

SALISBURY, Md. – The Wicomico County Public Schools Food Service Department will provide free breakfast and lunch to students from June 25 to Aug. 1.

Maryland State Department of Education, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, funds the Summer Food Service Program, according to Food Service Supervisor Eric Goslee.

"[Meals are] free to any child up to age 18, but this year we will be offering it to parents who bring their child to the program as well,” Goslee says. “It is open to anybody. The goal is to reach lower-income families, but we don’t have a requirement…to prove you are lower income.”

One in eight households suffer from hunger in Maryland, according to the Maryland Hunger Solutions website. The goal of the program is to provide children with nutritious meals during the summer along with park activities in some locations, according to Goslee.

“Understand that many children in county may not have access to nutritious meals during the summer,” Goslee says.

In Wicomico County, approximately 20.9 percent of children in a 2011 study do not know where their next meal will come from, according to Managing Director Jennifer Small of the Eastern Shore Maryland Food Bank.

“We are trying to push youth feeding,” says Small, who wants to engage children throughout the entire year.

These meals will consist of nutritious food based on the National School Lunch Program, according to Goslee. There will be no meals July 4.

For times and locations, visit mdsummermeals.org or call 1-877-731-9300.

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