Federal Program Feeds Kids During Summer


The Summer Feed program feeds thousands of kids in low income areas during the summer months.

Created to provide breakfast and lunch for low income families the Summer Feeding program is sponsored by the USDA.

Pitt County opened its first location for meals this year at Belvoir Elementary. Thirteen additional locations will open Monday June 18th.

Pitt County Child Nutrition Director LeAnn Seelman said the locations are placed in areas based on the need. At least 50 percent of the population must be eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Last summer Pitt County served more than 76,000 meals to children. Children must be under the age of 18 but disabled person in a school program can be as old as 21.

Sylvia Hines has brought her grandchildren to the location for three years and said the program is wonderful.

"It's great for parents when the food is low or even when it's not, the kids get a chance to interact with other," Hines said.

Counties may apply for the program with Department of Health and Human Services.

Bertie and Lenoir County also offer the program as well as the City of New Bern.

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