TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service representatives will help serve lunch to students at the YMCA of Western Monmouth County in Freehold, one of FulFill’s (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) sites for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
The Summer Food Service program helps ensure children who receive free or reduced price lunch during the school year continue getting healthy meals during the summer. Secretary Fisher is calling attention to these programs to increase the number of children accessing these vital resources.
The federally funded program reimburses participating organizations for meals served to children who live in areas in which at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program.
Most participating organizations may be reimbursed for up to two meals a day — lunch and either breakfast or a snack.
Fisher notes that many Summer Food Service sponsors have begun their programs or will be starting them in the first week of July and are available to students in their areas. Site locations can be found on an interactive map at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or by calling 1-866-348-6479.
Secretary Fisher will hold a Summer Food Service Program kick off at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Freehold Boro YMCA, at 41 Center Street, NJ 07728.
— New Jersey Department of Agriculture