Culpeper Human Services is once again partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free summer meals for local youth aged 18 and younger.
Happening now through August 9, breakfast will be served 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in the big pavilion at Yowell Meadow Park, under the big white awning at 704 Belle Court, off of James Madison Highway in the town of Culpeper. Meals will be served during the same timeframe in the Galbreath Marshall Building on Old Fredericksburg Road.
Lunch will be served in the same three locations 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
This is the 10th year Culpeper Human Services is offering the Summer Food Service Program, a federally sponsored initiative with no required local funding match designed to feed children two nutritious meals per day when school is out. The program is available to every demographic in an area that has been found nutritionally needy.
For many kids, summer is the hungriest time of year. When schools close for the summer, school meals disappear as well. Only about 15 percent of Virginia students who rely on free or reduced-price school lunches are also getting free meals through summer programs, according to a news release from No Kid Hungry, based in Richmond.
Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. No application or registration is required at sites.
Locations are also available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.
For information about the Culpeper program, contact 540/829-2124.