DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock and local sponsors today kicked-off Denver‘s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which will provide free meals to nearly 12,000 children daily.
“Summer break is a time when many of Denver’s children have limited access to healthy and nutritious foods,” Mayor Hancock said. “This collaborative program will help ensure our most vulnerable children are receiving consistent meals throughout the summer months.”
This year, the SFSP has been expanded to a summer-long service that will be implemented through a partnership between the City of Denver, Denver Public Schools, Food Bank of the Rockies and Hunger Free Colorado. This program is available to children under the age of 18, with more than 90 sites located at various Denver parks, recreation centers, libraries, schools, churches and non-profits from June 4 through Aug. 24. CLICK HERE to find Denver’s SFSP sites.
“Our mission at DPS is to ‘feed every child every day,’” Theresa Hafner, DPS Food Service Executive Director, said. “As a longtime partner of the SFSP, we are thrilled to see the community continue to come together to grow the program to what it is today.”
The SFSP is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented through local sponsors. It has grown by more than 60 percent since 2009 and will provide healthy meals every day this summer to an estimated 30,000 Colorado children. More than 20 organizations are sponsoring SFSP sites throughout the Denver area.
“Hunger doesn’t take a summer break,” Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies, said. “That’s why we are working tirelessly to get the word out about this great program by encouraging families who struggle to put food on the table to find a nearby meal site for their children.”
Revolution Foods, the City’s vending partner, will provide meals to 14 of the SFSP sites.
“We are excited to collaborate and take a leadership role with the City to fight childhood hunger in Denver by providing healthy, fresh and delicious food for thousands of Denver children throughout the summer,” Pat Donovan, Revolution Foods Regional Vice President, said.
For more information about the SFSP program, visit www.summerfoodcolorado.org.