On June 8, 2016 NKH kicked off their summer meals program to celebrate the theme, “Food, Friends & Fun,” and announce summer sites across the city. Summer should be a time to make friends, play outside and eat healthy foods. But many kids go without a meal during the summer months when school is off. That's why New Orleans No Kid Hungry is working hard to connect kids to valuable camps and youth programs where they can receive healthy, nutritious meals at no cost to their families.
“Today, far too many kids are not able to access the summer meals program. We have committed to breaking through barriers to connect kids and teens with free, healthy meals so that they can continue to learn and grow during the summer,” said Rhonda Jackson, Director of New Orleans No Kid Hungry. “We coordinate with meal providers (Second Harvest, Fresh Food Factor and Sodexo) who prepare and deliver 2 meals a day to eligible sites where kids congregate for meals.”
It was a packed house with 120 kids, ranging from 4 to 13 years old. The event was held at the City of Love and featured a press conference with local community partners to announce summer sites.
“We began our Summer Feeding Program as a pilot in 2010 with 5 sites, serving 390 children. Now, in 2016, we have been able to grow that number to serving 60 sites, and over 4000 children every year,” said Gina Melita, Director of Community Kitchen for Second Harvest, one of NHK’s partners.
Some of the activities of the Summer Kickoff included a bounce house, arts & crafts, a sack race, and other fun games for the kids. NKH distributed gifts and Aubin Pictures donated, What’s On Your Plate, a book about seven kids and their families exploring the food chain, posing important question about health and lack of access to fresh foods.
Want to watch more kickoff action? WGNO news featured us in a segment!
Meals will be served Monday-Friday, with different locations and time. For more info on eligible camp sites and where meals will be served text “Food” to 877-877 or call