July 10, 2012 at the Lila Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, BPS hosted an annual BBQ to kick off the free summer meals program in the City of Boston.  Special guest speakers included Mayor Menino, Miranda Miranda on behalf of USDA Northeast Regional Office, Sam Depina on behalf of BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson, Michael Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Over 250 kids, 18 and under, enjoyed a healthy lunch of grilled BBQ chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, milk and juice.  USDA’s Power Panther mascot along with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness’ (BCFF) mascot, Dougie the Apple and Get Fresh Crew also joined the festivities to encourage students to continue eating healthy through the summer.

FREE SUMMER MEALS are available for children and teens 18 and under at over 40 Boston Public School sites and over 100 community sites across the city.  No registration or ID is necessary.  Sites are open now through August 31st and many offer full day programs with learning and entertainment opportunities. A full list of free summer meal sites is available on the web at: www.bostonpublicschools.org/meals

Come have lunch at a summer meal site near you!