According to Feeding America, one in six children in New York faces hunger. But they don’t have to.
A new partnership between Buffalo Public Schools and the American Dairy Association North East ensures thousands of kids are fed each summer.
There's no need to register, no ID is required and there is no income eligibility. It’s for all children 18 and under.
During the school year, 29,000 students get free lunches across BPS. That number drops significantly in the summer, to less than 10,000. They're hoping to get the word out about food available every day, to keep tummies filled.
"These two months are critical and I am sure families are noticing that, ‘oh that gosh, the money isn’t going as far as usual,' so we are open through August 18 and its 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.," Bridget O'Brien Wood, BPS food service director, said.
Here's the information on today's event:
It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Park by the pool and playground. A local farmer will be there with a calf and former Buffalo Bills running back and NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas will make an appearance as well.
A schedule of where and when free summer meals are is available by texting “Summer Meals” to 97779, by phone at 1-866-348-6479 or online.