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Summer Meals at No Cost
Summer Meals at No Cost
Posted on 07/27/2016
Students may not be in school during the summer months, but they still need healthy and consistent meals! For a variety of reasons, the reality is that many WNC kids are not always getting the meals they require outside of their school's care and a hungry child cannot thrive. This is why volunteers with the Buncombe County Schools summer meals service are helping to meet this need by bringing meals to the area children who need them.
From June 13th through August 19th, kids ages 2-18 are invited to receive a meal at no cost from one of the distribution sites across Buncombe County. Families may text "FOODNC" to 877877 to find the site closest to them.
A complete list of the summer meal sites is located HERE
The program is currently in its fourth year, having started in the summer of 2012, and is made possible through a partnership between Buncombe County Schools, the USDA and No Kid Hungry. Last summer, the program distributed approximately 76,000 meals and with this year's longer summer break and increased demand, BCS nutrition specialists are expecting to distribute substantially more meals to kids in need.
School Nutrition Supervisor Sheryl Harris says, "Our belief is that no child should be hungry in our community.  The purpose of the summer feeding program is to fill the gap in between school sessions where all children can thrive and succeed.  Hunger should not be the obstacle that inhibits their growth as individuals in anyway during their formative years." 
This year, in order to increase awareness of the meal service, BCS will be posting several billboards around the community (as seen below).
The BCS summer meals service in the news:

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