PHA’s Summer Food Program Ready to Roll

(Philadelphia, PA - June 18, 2018) - Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) residents who rely on the school lunch program have a place to go over the summer.

PHA will again offer, as it has for decades, breakfast and lunch in addition to comprehensive summer youth enrichment activities as its Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) begins today, June 18th and runs until Friday, August 17th.

"Many families in the city depend upon Summer Food," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah.  "Our young people have to have access to good, nutritional meals to maintain their health, and use their vacation time to 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, Fairhill, Haddington Homes, Harrison Plaza, Hill Creek, Johnson Homes, Norris Apartments, Oxford 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. Last year, SFSP provided 68,000 meals to youth ages 3 to 18 from public housing sites and the surrounding neighborhoods. The program will also provide over 30 part-time jobs for PHA resident and local residents 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.

PHA sponsors the program with a contribution of its own funds to the program this year. The 2018 Summer Food Service Program total cost is estimated at $495,819. PHA is expected to underwrite or contribute the balance of $281,107 towards this program while the amount of reimbursement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is estimated at $214,712.

Residents, including those who were formerly served at sites that are not hosting the program this summer, 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.