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Summer Meals, Activities Available for Kids

June 28, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Summer is here again and the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation - PALS Program is working to make sure that none of our keiki go hungry when school is out. The county wants to let low-income families know that their children can continue to receive nutritious meals if they take part in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the largest federal resource available for local programs that combine mealtime with recreational and educational activities.

The County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation - PALS Program recognizes the need for the program. Countywide, only 10 percent of the 11,000 children who qualify for summer meals have access to local Summer Food Sites.

Last year, there were 14 sites across the county that participated in feeding over 1,525 children. This year, the PALS program has 19 sites serving over 2,047 children on Maui, Molokai, and Lana'i.

"Our responsibility to children doesn't end when school lets out," explained Aunty Ti of the PALS Program. "Children who get enough to eat and have safe activities to participate in during the summer are less likely to get into trouble. Our summer meals program is a building block in the community for healthy, happy children who are ready to learn."

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the USDA and administered by a state agency.

Eligible sponsors, such as nonprofit organizations, schools and local governments, serve nutritious meals and snacks free to low-income children during the summer months. Summer programs are located at approved sites that are either in low-income areas or serve a group of children, most of whom are low-income.

To find out more information about the Summer Food Service Program, contact PALS staff at 270-7404.



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