Posted: May 13, 2014 11:34 AM
Updated: May 13, 2014 11:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Children 18 years old and younger in East Baton Rouge will be eligible for free meals this summer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program provides the meals, regardless of household income.
There will be more than 80 dining centers in East Baton Rouge Parish under the program. For a map of different locations involved, click here.
During the school year, children receive free and reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But when school is out, many children can go hungry. The USDA provides the free meals to fill the gap.
Sponsors for East Baton Rouge Parish Summer Food Service Program include the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Central Community School System, the City of Baker School System, the Big Buddy Program, and the Particular Council of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge. Several other community organizations operate closed sites, meaning those sites serve only the children who are part of a specific program or camp.