Free summer meals for NYC students

July 1, 2008 2:46:17 PM PDT
With food prices continuing to rise, keeping food on the table is getting harder for some parents. There is a way that children can eat breakfast and lunch for free throughout New York. More than 700 schools, pools, parks, libraries, and New York City Housing Authority complexes throughout the five boroughs will be serving free breakfast and/or lunch. All children 18 years of age and under are eligible for free meals regardless of income, citizenship status, residency or enrollment in public school.

M.S. 131 in Chinatown was chosen as the launch site for the Department of Education's summer meals program on Tuesday.

The meals are described as nutritious and free of fat and sodium. Officials say studies show kids often don't get the proper nutrition during the summer. Advocates are concerned that not enough children are participating. Some say hundreds of thousands more should be involved in the program.

New York City has the largest summer meals program of its kind in the nation. Congress will soon consider a measure to extend federal funding for the program past next year's expiration date.

Click here to learn more about the program.

For a list of sites participating, please click here.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Art MacFarland