Children who rely on free and reduced-price lunch during the school year do not need to go hungry this summer, thanks to Three Square Food Bank and its agency partners. The “Meet Up and Eat Up” program will provide free, nutritious meals to children 18 years of age and under beginning now through Aug. 10.
The program encompasses Three Square’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Backpack for Kids.
During the school year, more than 62 percent of Clark County School District (CCSD) students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. When the school year ends, thousands of children are at risk of going hungry in Southern Nevada. Meet Up and Eat Up bridges the gap to prevent childhood hunger during the summer months and is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by Nevada’s Department of Agriculture.
“Summer vacation can be a very scary time for the more than 203,000 children who rely on free or reduced-price lunch during the school year,” said Andrea Martinez, program manager at Three Square. “With the help of our community partners, we are working hard to alleviate this fear by giving students easy access to nutritious meals throughout the summer months, with no program sign up or registration required.”
Meet Up and Meet Up sites offer free meals to children at more than 100 locations across the valley. Locations include parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls clubs, YMCA’s and libraries. Meet Up and Eat Up also includes a mobile route, which delivers meals to 18 apartment complexes using refrigerated vans, to reach more than 700 additional children per day. The menu consists of 30 rotating meal varieties and sites may offer breakfast, lunch or both.
In addition to Meet Up and Eat Up, several Clark County schools will help combat hunger through the summer months offering meals provided by CCSD Food Service at 100 locations around the valley.
The Backpack for Kids program will also be available at Three Square-sponsored Meet Up and Eat Up locations. The program provides supplementary meals and snacks to sustain children through the weekend.
This summer, seven Meet Up and Eat Up locations will provide a half day of free physical activities and nutrition education along with breakfast and lunch for children. Sites include the following Boys & Girls Clubs locations: Andre Agassi, Desert Pines, John C. Kish, McCabe, Boulder Highway as well as James Whitney Elementary School. These activity sites offer a safe and fun environment for kids to learn, play and eat throughout the summer, at no cost to families.
For a full list of Meets Up and Eat Up and CCSD Food Service locations, please visit www.