PHA’s Summer Food Program Ready to Roll Again

(Philadelphia, PA - June 16, 2015) - The Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will once again offer breakfast and lunch, in addition to comprehensive summer youth enrichment activities.

The SFSP program begins on Monday, June 27 and runs until Friday, August 26. SFSP will be held at 19 PHA sites throughout the City and provide 40 part-time jobs for PHA clients and local residents. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The agency's Community Operations and Resident Development department (CORD) manages this highly successful program, which takes the place of the school lunch program and provides young people with access to good, nutritional meals. Last year, SFSP reached new heights when it provided over 68,600 meals to children ages 3 to 18 from public housing sites and the surrounding neighborhoods.

"Many families in Philadelphia depend upon the Summer Food Service Program," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah. "It's important that our young people have access to good, nutritional meals. That is why PHA is pleased to sponsor this program with a contribution over $350,000 of its own funds to the program this year."

PHA is one of several large sponsors of the program in the City, which provides breakfast and lunch to youth. Children who do not live near a participating PHA site can still go to a neighboring site or one of 150 sites operated by the City's Department of Parks and Recreation, which will offer similar meals.

Each year the program provides employment opportunities for PHA residents. These jobs include program monitors, site supervisors, food services workers, a field supervisor, and an accountant. Overall, in 2015, the program provided 40 jobs for PHA clients and local residents