Free Summer Meal Program at Deaconess Center

This summer, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is serving free summer meals to children and youth through Operation Food Search’s sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The Summer Meals Program helps to ensure children and youth continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session. Food insecurity has risen exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic and dramatically increased the need.

Beginning Monday, June 7 through Friday, July 30, Deaconess Center is hosting the Summer Meals Program in partnership with Deaconess Center’s Co-Locating Partners, Deaconess Foundation, Unleashing Potential, and Vision for Children at Risk. Meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM at Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being. Program participants will receive a breakfast and lunch for the day of the visit and the next day – a total of four (4) meals per person per visit. The grab-and-go model allows families to pick up meals to be consumed offsite.
In addition to receiving meals, children and families will have the opportunity to add to their home libraries as culturally responsive age-appropriate books and literature will be available, at no cost, throughout the summer. Volunteers will join us periodically to Read Aloud their favorite stories to a small audience in the open-air courtyard during meal pick-up times.
COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. Face coverings will be required and provided.
For more information on the Summer Food Program at Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being, please contact