FCPS to Kick Off Free Summer Meals Program June 20
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will host its third annual Summer Meals Kickoff on Wednesday, June 20, at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon. This event will connect families with free or low-cost resources available in Fairfax County, and encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
At the Summer Meals Kickoff, attendees will be able to experience FCPS’ free BBQ program, Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer (FEEDS), which is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). FCPS’ Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be providing a free BBQ lunch for all children 18 years and under. The cost for adults is $2. This program will also be available at 13 sites across the county from June 18 to August 27.
In addition to the FEEDS program, the Summer Meals Kickoff will feature local businesses, youth groups, health organizations, and activities focused on the well-being of Fairfax County residents. Special activities will include a bike rodeo, a free farmers market, nutrition seminars, cooking demonstrations, and giveaways. Jennifer Boysko, who represents the 86th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, will show her support for summer meal programs and the statewide commitment to eliminating childhood hunger. The BBQ station to be used at the Hutchison kickoff was donated by Aetna.
Research shows that only 1 in 6 children who take part in the National School Lunch Program participate during the summer months. While this is only the third year that the Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting the daily outdoor BBQ, staff members hope to continue growing the program and serving as a “safety net” for families in need.
FCPS’ Office of Food and Nutrition Services is committed to creating a generation of lifelong healthy eaters through exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and experiential learning opportunities.