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  • 16 Jun 2005 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    SEATTLE - Thousands of Seattle children ages 1-18 will enjoy free breakfasts, lunches and snacks this summer through the Seattle Human Services’ Department’s Summer Food Service Program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded program, also known as Summer Sack Lunch, will serve children at more than 120 sites from June 27 through August 24.

    "Many children who participate in the school meal program during the academic year rely on that program to provide their primary source of nutrition," said Human Services Department Director Patricia McInturff. "The Summer Sack Lunch program allows the community to continue meeting the nutritional needs of those children during the summer."

    In 2004, more than 41,000 breakfasts and 150,000 lunches were served, and at least that many are likely to be served this summer. The estimated budget for this summer is $711,000, with 89 percent of the funding coming from the USDA and the balance coming from the City of Seattle’s General Fund and Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, a local nonprofit organization.

    The Summer Food Service Program is available at designated community centers, park playgrounds, Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs, YMCAs and other community sites throughout Seattle. A half dozen of the sites are in King County just outside Seattle city limits. About 90 of these sites offer the food program to the public, while the remaining sites offer the food program only to children enrolled in those sites’ summer activity programs. A complete list of sites and hours detailing where and when the Summer Food Service Program is available by calling 206-386-1140 or by visiting http://www.seattle.gov/humanservices/children_families/nutrition/summer_food.htm

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