Sen. Tom Carper volunteers to help Summer Food Service Program get underway

Delawareans can call or text to find free food in their area
July 12, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper assists Miracle Coverdale, 7, a volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware in Milford. Carper helped pack lunches that were later distributed to children throughout Delaware in low-income areas as part of the Summer Food Service Program. SOURCE SUBMITTED

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper recently joined volunteers at the Food Bank of Delaware to pack lunches for Delaware’s Summer Food Service Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Delaware Department of Education, this program feeds low-income children so they can continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Free meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children 18 years old and under at various sites up and down the state.

“Summer is a critical time for children who may otherwise go hungry since school is not in session,” Carper said. “By providing these meals, we can help ensure children are getting healthy, nutritious options to help them continue to learn and grow over the summer.”

In Delaware, there are 28 participating sponsors in this program, including the Food Bank of Delaware, and 374 sites in Delaware where families can receive lunches for their children. Last year, approximately $2 million was spent on the Summer Food Service Program in Delaware.

There are several ways families can find summer meals in their area: Call 211. Text the word “food” to 877-877. Download a free cellphone Rangeapp from the Windows Store, Google Play, or the Apple App Store. Call 866- 3-HUNGRY or 877- 8-HAMBRE, for Spanish speakers. Go to

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