Great Barrington – Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D- Lenox) announce that Berkshire South Regional Community Center will receive a $1,600 Summer Food Service Program Incentive Grant from Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger.
Project Bread, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts.
During the school year, many families stretch their food budget by applying for free or reduced price school meals for their children; often for these students the last day of school also represents the end of two reliable and healthy meals a day. The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children, ages 18 and under, when school is out for the summer. Meals are often provided along with educational and recreational activities.
Funded with privately raised donations, Project Bread uses these awards to further their effort to increase the flow of federal dollars into targeted Massachusetts communities, like Great Barrington, thereby increasing participation in the Summer Food Service Program.
“Children who receive adequate nutrition in July and August return to school in the fall healthy and ready to learn,” said Downing. “Berkshire South plays a major role in helping to keep our community healthy by hosting a summer food service meal site.”
“By increasing these funds for the Summer Food Service Program, Berkshire South will continue to play a large role in distributing much needed assistance to those in need in Southern Berkshire County,” said Pignatelli. “I am so pleased that Berkshire South is being recognized for all the hard work they do; I know this grant will be put to good use in our community.”
Summer meals sites are located at schools, parks, pools, neighborhood centers, social service organizations, and other local sites throughout many cities and towns in Massachusetts. No registration or identification is needed in qualified areas. Most sites serve lunch, though some sites offer additional meals such as breakfast, snack, or dinner.