City Schools Get $3K Grant for Summer Food Program
Project Bread awarded more than $90,000 in incentive grants that serve 257 local summer food service programs across the state in 28 communities, including Lawrence.
These programs are part of the 877 sites that will provide free, nutritious meals to area children during the summer. The Lawrence award includes $3,000 to the Lawrence Public Schools, as a sponsoring organization for summer food.
Many children rely on school meals, like breakfast and lunch, to provide them with the wholesome, nutritious food they need. In the summer months, these children need another source of food in order to remain healthy and return to school in the fall ready to learn. All meals are free to children and youth 18 and under, no registration or sign-up necessary.
Funded by the USDA, which provides for the food, the Summer Food Service Program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Anne Marie Stronach, director of nutrition services at the Lawrence Public Schools, explained how the grant money will help their summer food program, "The exciting thing we're doing with the grant money from Project Bread is buying attractive display cases for our fruits and vegetables to encourage students to eat nutritious, healthy food."