Yesterday, July 10, 2013, BPS Food and Nutrition Services hosted the annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Kick-Off BBQ at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury. Special guest speakers included Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA, James Arena-DeRosa, Northeast Regional Administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, Robert Leshin, Assistant Director of MA Department of Early and Secondary Education, and our very own Michael Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department.*
Our speakers reminded students about the importance of the SFSP, particularly in Boston where there are more summer food service sites than there are schools in the Boston Public Schools. This year MA has over 830 SFSP sites across the state, and 150 of those sites are located in Boston.
The SFSP offers free meals for children 18 years of age and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. This year the program will run from July 1, 2013 through August 30, 2013. Click here to see an interactive map of all of our open sites or check out the SFSP information page for more details.
Over 120 youth came through the barbeque line yesterday and enjoyed a delicious lunch of hot dogs, grilled chicken, coleslaw, watermelon and milk. Also special thanks to our partners at Fuel Up to Play 60, Project Bread and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness who brought all sorts of fun games and giveaways for the kids.
Don’t miss out on breakfast or lunch just because school is out this summer! Come eat at an SFSP site near you this summer!
*Mayor Thomas M. Menino was also scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend.