US Summer Food Service Program provides free meals for Arizona children

There are many children in the Valley who often find themselves hungry and without food for a variety of reasons.

The Summer Food Service Program is a way to make sure kids 18 and younger get nutritious meals everyday..

Facilities, including schools, activity centers, churches and apartment complexes, across the Valley participate in the program and offer breakfast meals for children. Some facilities also offer dinner and discounted meals for adults.

The Summer Food Service program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program which works to ensure that children receive proper nutrition. The program does have income eligibility requirements and is geared towards low-income families.

To find a location site near you, visit Arizona Summer Food Program site . Users can type in their zip code and it will come up with a list of locations close by.

Melissa Bailey is one of the non-profit organizations who provide meals at apartment complexes and she says her organization provides 65,000 meals in Arizona. However, it's not enough.

Visit the website for more information on how to get involved, the eligibility requirements and to find locations near you.

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