Food Bank summer food program begins

Blue Ridge Area Food BankThe Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, sponsoring 24 feeding sites beginning in June for children at risk of going hungry.

The Food Bank expects to provide food to more than 1,370 children across its 25-county service area through the program this summer.

SFSP is designed to reach children who may not get nutritious meals at home over the vacation, particularly students who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The Food Bank provides food to organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs, summer school programs, churches and recreation programs who are serving children at risk of hunger.

Donations to the Food Bank typically decrease during the summer months. However, hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.

SFSP will help hundreds of local children in need providing fun snacks, wholesome breakfast items, vegetables, fruit and dishes with protein from meat and other sources. The same meals are provided to all children without charge.

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The sites offering summer feeding programs are:

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 2018

For more details about SFSP, visit the Food Bank’s website at www.brafb.org/summerfoodserviceprogram.

About the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Founded in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. Headquartered in Verona, VA, the Food Bank serves 25 counties and eight cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank distributes nearly 25.3 million pounds of food annually to 105,100 people each month through a network of 212 community partners – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, churches and other non-profit groups. The Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, a national food bank association that supports 200 food banks across the United States. For more information, visit www.brafb.org.

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