Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Organizations Wanted to Give Away Free Summer Meals

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is looking for organizations to help provide free meals for children during the summer. Any group, organization or church that offers summer programs for youth age 17 or younger can participate in the department's Summer Meals for Kids program and receive free meals for the children in their program for any length of time between June 17 and August 30, however the deadline to apply is March 22.
      An informational session for anyone interested in joining the program will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Byrd Park Round House. The Round House is located near the intersection of Lakeview and South Davis avenues in Byrd Park. No registration or commitment is required to attend the informational session, and representatives of interested organizations are encouraged to attend to have any questions they may have answered.
      If an interested organization is unable to attend, information about participating in the program can be obtained by calling (804) 646-5698 or e-mailing LaShawn.Robinson@richmondgov.com.
      During the summer of 2012, the department’s Summer Meals for Kids Program delivered nearly 268,000 free meals to 122 locations in Richmond and the surrounding area. 
      The Summer Meals for Kids Program is provided by the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.