Currently, free meals are based on income levels of either a student's family or the community the school is located in.

Summer meal program helps address food insecurity

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Milford School District will offer a summer feeding program from July 1 to August 1

During the school year, there are children whose only meals are those they get in school. Milford School District offers free breakfast and lunch to every student who attends regardless of family income. During the summer months, there are many students who simply do not get enough to eat. For this reason, the district offers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) starting July 1 and running through August 1.

“The SFSP is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education,” Trish Gerken, Public Information Officer, said. “The goal of the SFSP is to ensure that children receive the nutrition they need to continue to grow, learn and play throughout the summer months.”

According to the Food Bank of Delaware, in 2022, the most recent year statistics are available, almost 20 percent of children in Delaware have food insecurity. In Kent County, that number is almost 23 percent and in Sussex it is just over 20 percent.

“It is our hope that this program can help address some of that food insecurity,” Gerken said. “This program is free to all children and has no enrollment requirements.”

There are other open feeding sites available as well and anyone who needs those services can call 211 to learn where they are. They can also text FOOD to 304-304 or COMIDA to 304-304 or call 1-866-348-6479. Spanish speakers can call 1-877-842-6273. Information can also be found online.

The program will be offered at Milford Central Academy, 1021 North Walnut Street in Milford, with breakfast served from 8:30 to 9 AM and lunch from 11 to 11:30 am. Mispillion Elementary School, 311 Lovers Lane in Milford, with breakfast served from 9 AM to 9:30 AM and lunch from 11:30 AM to 12 Noon. Morris Early Childhood Center, 8609 Third Street in Lincoln, will serve breakfast from 9:30 AM to 10 AM and lunch from 12 Noon until 12:30 PM.

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