BPS program provides summer meals for youths

The Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) Summer Food Service Program is once again offering free breakfast and lunch to youngsters this summer.

“It’s a great program that kids don’t have to be signed up for,” said Debra Korzec-Ramirez, the nutrition education coordinator for BPS and a JP resident. “They just go in and get the meals.”

She said the City is conducting a publicity campaign because many people do not know about the program.

The federally-funded program, which has run for 18 years in Boston, serves free breakfast and lunch for youths 18 years old or younger at 140 sites throughout the city. Depending on the site, the program runs from June 25 to Aug. 31. The Hyde Park Community Center will hold a barbeque with Mayor Thomas Menino on July 10 to officially kickoff the program, according to Korzec-Ramirez.

In Jamaica Plain, the following sites will participate in the program: Anna M. Cole Community Center (10 Lamartine St. Ext.), Kennedy Elementary School (7 Bolster St.), Parkside Christian Academy (215 Forest Hills St.), Bridge Boston Charter School (633 Centre St.), Hyde Square Task Force (365 Centre St.), Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.), MSPCC (157 Green St.), English High School (144 McBride St.) and Hennigan Elementary School (100 Heath St.).

For more information, visit schoollunchboston.wordpress.com. People may also call 1-800-645-8333 during the summer to find information on the nearest site, the time of operation and the meals to be served.


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