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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Deputy Mayor kicks off summer meal program

6/26/2012  4:30:00 PM
Rachel Schulkin  (206) 684-8020

Deputy Mayor kicks off summer meal program
FREE, nutritious meals for kids at 100 community sites

Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith today joined community members at the Jefferson Community Center to kick off the Seattle Human Services Department's Summer Food Service Program.

"We want young people in Seattle to have a fun, safe and healthy summer," said Deputy Mayor Smith, "and it all starts with good nutrition. We want more people to know about this great free program for kids and teens."

Thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks this summer through the Summer Food Service Program, which runs from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday August 24, 2012 at approximately 100 sites across the city. These include designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County. There will be no service on the Independence Day holiday, July 4th, 2012.

The Summer Food Service Program, formerly known as Summer Sack Lunch, is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established in 1968 to respond to growing research that correlated a child's nutrition with academic success and concerns about the lack of nutrition resources for children during the summer months. The City of Seattle has operated this program in Seattle since the early 1970s.

Meals open to public: The majority of sites (about 70) will offer meals to the public and all children 18 years old and younger can come to have a meal.

Meals for children enrolled in programs: Some of the meal sites (about 30) offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs. Meals are served to all children enrolled in the program for free. For a complete list of sites and hours for the Summer Food Service Program, please call 206-386-1140 or visit

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, and disability Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should write immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY). This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).


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