PHA’s Summer Food Program Under Way

(Philadelphia, PA - June 29, 2017)- Many Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) residents who

Summer Foods 2017

Kids who normally rely on the school lunch program can still find nutritious meals through the Summer Food Service Program run by the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The program, which began this year on June 26th, runs until Friday, August 25th, at 18 locations. 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.

rely on the school lunch program need not go hungry over the summer. PHA will once again offer breakfast and lunch, in addition to comprehensive summer youth enrichment activities when its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which began on Monday, June 26th and runs until Friday, August 25th.

"Many families in Philadelphia depend upon this program," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah.  "Our young people have to have access to good, nutritional meals to stay healthy, and learn new skills."

The housing authority plans to host the program at the following sites this year: Abbottsford Homes, Arch Homes, Bartram Village, Cambridge/John F. Street Center, Champlost, Fairhill, Haddington Homes, Harrison Plaza, Hill Creek, Johnson Homes, Morton Homes, Norris Apartments, Oxford Village, Paschall Village, Raymond Rosen, Spring Garden, West Park Apartments, Whitehall, and Wilson Park. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The agency's Community Operations and Resident Development department (CORD) manages this highly successful program, which provides young people with access to good, nutritional meals. Last year, SFSP provided over 59,000 meals to youth ages 3 to 18 from public housing sites and the surrounding neighborhoods. The program also provides 40 part-time jobs for PHA resident and local residents.

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.

PHA sponsors the program with a contribution of its own funds to the program this year. Last year, the agency put in $350,000; the amount varies depending upon the level of state subsidy. Residents, including those who were formerly served at Blumberg and Queen Lane Apartments, can go online to the USDA website at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks to locate the Summer Food locations closest to them. Residents can also look for the site nearest to them at www.phila.gov/youthprograms/meals/Pages/default.aspx, www.hungercoalition.org/summermeals, or by texting "FOOD" or "MEALPA" to 877-877, or calling 1-855-252-MEAL. For more information about participating in PHA's Summer Food Service Program, call 215-684-3959.
SFSP is a reimbursement-based grant program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, through Pennsylvania's Department of Education.  The intent of this program is to provide free breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks to children 18-years-old and under. For more information about participating in PHA's Summer Food Service Program, call 215-684-3959.