Last Thursday 368 kids and 27 staff and volunteers turned out at the Murphy K-8 School to celebrate the start of Boston’s Summer Food Service Program for Children. The event featured a variety of entertainment and activities.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of grilled foods as well as fresh fruits and vegetables from corn on the cob to watermelon and peaches. A farm stand sponsored by the BPS Farm to School Initiative encouraged kids to match vegetables with their respective plants and provided containers, seeds, soil, and water for kids to plant their own collard plant. Mayor Menino made an appearance to talk about the importance of providing healthy meals for the youth of the city. Other highlights of the event included an obstacle course, a misting tunnel, a Simon says competition and a DJ.

Boston Summer Food Service Program for Children is open anyone 18 years of age and younger. A full list of sites for the program can be viewed here.