Posted January 13, 2014 02:46 pm

Sites needed for Jacksonville summer food service program

The Jacksonville Children's Commission is seeking community partners to help serve free lunches and snacks to low-income youth this summer.

To qualify as a Summer Food Service Program site, partners must be located near a school with at least 50 percent of students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, allow access to all neighborhood children and provide the food free, according to a news release.

The federally-funded program provides nutritionally balanced meals to all youth regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school lunches are not available, according to the release.

The program will run from Monday, June 9 through Friday, Aug. 8, for anyone under age 18.

Each year, more than 12,000 Duval County youth receive summer lunches and snacks at no cost to parents at one of the designated sites across the city. A "Free Lunch Served Here" banner with the meal times indicated will be posted at each site, according to the release.

Youth do not need to be enrolled in other programming at the site to receive a lunch or snack, they just need to show up during meal times.

To apply to serve as a summer food site, go to / and download the site application and site letter or call (904) 630-6430 by Friday, April 11.