Mayor to hold conference on Summer Feeding Program
BATON ROUGE- Free lunches are getting started for children across East Baton Rouge Parish. The USDA Summer Feeding Program works to make sure kids are staying fed while they're out of school.
The Summer Feeding Program has been in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years. In the last year the program has started serving 19% more breakfasts, and 10% more lunch meals. The free breakfast and lunch meals are available to any public school student in East Baton Rouge parish.
Almost 19% of children in East Baton Rouge Parish are considered food insecure. This year the program has a $700,000 budget to feed kids throughout the parish. The free meals make a world of difference to families that are used to having meals provided by the school.
The program also stresses making healthy food choices. Milk is served with every meal to give the kids a healthy dose of vitamin D. Pizza, pasta, and brown rice jambalaya are served to promote whole grain options when possible.
"The whole grain breads that we promote have fiber, so it's all part of helping kids grow over the summer," said Dr. Nadine Mann, director of child nutrition for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Last year the Summer Feeding Program served 121,000 breakfast meals and 186,000 lunches to hungry children. Hot meals are served Monday through Thursday, cold breakfast and lunches are served on Fridays.
Baton Rouge Mayor, Kip Holden, will address the public on Tuesday to inform families across Baton Rouge about how they can take advantage of the free meals.
For information on having meals delivered to your summer bible study or camp call 225-226-3768.
For information about locations and menus visit the Healthy Baton Rouge website.