City's free Summer Meal program for kids, teens returns

John McDevitt
June 18, 2019 - 6:49 pm
A free meal program for kids in Philadelphia returns this summer.

Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A free meal program for kids in Philadelphia returns this summer. 

Partners involved in the Philly Summer Meals program were not only letting the community know about the free food available to kids but also about other programs offered during the summer recess.    

Formers Eagles player Jason Avant was at the kickoff, stressing the importance of being active and nutrition. He was playing basketball and doing yoga with the kids.

"Take advantage of these sites and make sure that our kids know about the summer meals and making sure that we are providing them with the opportunity to become all that they can be," Avant said. 

Mayor Jim Kenney was also at the launch. 

"When children participate in the Summer Meals program, we can nourish their growth and connect them to summer activities that will feed their minds as well, like the library's Summer of Wonder, parks and recreations camps, and play streets and our new Play Streets of Wonder," the mayor said. 

Jaylah Lucus, 5, is joining the program for a second year and knows all about eating right.

"Cupcakes, pizza, strawberries, hot dogs, everything!" she said. 

Her father Joseph says the city programs help him stretch his paycheck a little farther.

"So the fact that they got the meal program and out here mainly for the kids to get a bite to eat while running around here and be famished, its excellent. I like it," he said.