Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Summer Meals program begins on Monday, June 7, with sites throughout the Treasure Coast partnering with the Food Bank to provide fresh made breakfasts, lunches and snacks to children throughout the summer.
This summer, in addition to the traditional sit-down meal locations, some sites will provide “grab-n-go” style meals.
Also new this summer, Treasure Coast Food Bank will send its Market Fresh on the Move food truck to locations where the need for food is great but access is limited so parents can pick up a week’s worth of meals for their children each week.
“During summer when children are home from school, it’s typically one of the most difficult times of the year for families who don’t always have enough to eat,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Our goal is to make it easy for families by providing meals for children in as many ways and locations as possible. While we’ll continue to offer locations where kids can eat meals onsite, our “grab-n-go” locations offer an alternative for parents who feel more comfortable with their children eating meals at home or who don’t have a sit-down location near their homes.”
Treasure Coast Food Bank has partnered with community centers, churches, youth development organizations, summer camps and other sites to offer meals across the Treasure Coast. Each week day, kids will be able to walk into a sit-down Summer Meals site and enjoy a fresh, nutritious meal at no cost to them. Each site offers two of three meal options from among breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack, and meal times vary by site.
At the grab-n-go sites, including the spots where meals will be provided from Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Market Fresh on the Move food truck, parents can pick up the same healthy meals for each of their children 18 and younger. Children must accompany their parents, or parents can bring their children’s IDs, such as school IDs, birth certificates, library cards, or Florida IDs, for each child needing food. Pick-up times vary by location.
To find a Summer Meals site, please visit www.stophunger.org/summermeals.
ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 400 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call 772.489.3034, log on to stophunger.org, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/tcfoodbank, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tcfoodbank.