Go, Lunch! the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks summer food program offering children free, nutritious meals and snacks at hundreds of locations throughout the city, will begin the 2019 season on Tuesday, June 4.
Many kids receive free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches during the school year, but don’t have access to quality nutrition during the summer. This amazing program helps bridge that gap and make sure kids aren’t hungry during the summer months. One in four children in Franklin County do not have access to sufficient and nutritious foods…one in four!
In 2019, Go, Lunch! will be serving meals at 200+ sites in Franklin County. “Columbus City Schools is one of many amazing partners that enables Go, Lunch! to serve hundreds of locations, from large, multi-site partners like Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and ETSS (Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services) to small community centers, camps and churches,” said Julie Pruett Bishop, Food Office Supervisor for Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
All kids are welcome! Participation dates and times vary so it is best to text “FOOD” to 877877. From there, it will ask for an address and provide nearby locations and operating hours. Information is also available at www.golunch.club or by calling call 1-866-3-HUNGRY. Visit www.GoLunch.club for information, including a map of sites.
Data shows that only 10% of the children who are in the most need of free meals are taking advantage of the summer meal program – and that is heartbreaking. Please spread the word!
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Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session with the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The free summer meals program helps to ensure that children will receive nutritious meals when school is out for the summer.
Children can enjoy meals in a safe and supervised environment, such as often local schools, community centers, recreation centers, libraries, parks, and faith-based organizations. All children and teens are eligible and no registration is required. Schedule at each site vary for days and hours of meals.