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City of Akron to Provide Free Meals through Summer Food Service Program


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 06-07-2017

Akron, Ohio, June 7, 2017– As another school year comes to an end, Mayor Horrigan is proud to announce that City of Akron Recreation Bureau will once again be participating in the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program this year.

“Nutrition is essential for our young people to grow, learn, and live healthy, productive lives. Research tells us that children who are hungry or food insecure are less likely be in good health, to form friendships, to be curious, and to learn,” Mayor Horrigan said. “There is nothing more important than making sure our young people don’t go to bed hungry at night.”

“For some of our families in need, the meals provided by schools are their children’s primary source of nutrition. Through the Summer Food Service Program, we are able to continue to offer our children these essential meals at no cost throughout the summer, so that our students can return to class in the fall healthy and ready to learn.”

Meals will be provided to all eligible youth (18 years of age or younger) and summer day camp program participants that meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program.  The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size are available upon request.  Children who are part of households that receive foods stamps or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. 

The full list of sites providing meals is available at:

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

For information about program sites or details, please contact: Audley McGill, City of Akron Food Service Program Coordinator at 330-375-2826 or [email protected]

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW; Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
166 South High Street
Suite 200
Phone: 3303752325
E-mail: [email protected]

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