Ohio Department of Education sponsors the Summer Food Service Program

(Ohio) – No sign-up is required for children ages 1 through 18 to receive a meal this summer through a state program.

The Ohio Department of Education is again sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, which provides children ages 1 through 18 with free meals during summer break. Officials note there is a need here because they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches and, in some cases, that’s where some children get the bulk of their nutrition. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs can participate through age 21.

No sign up is required for children to receive a meal. Education officials add the program is intended to help children return to school ready to learn by providing nutritious meals that will continue a child’s physical and social development while on break from school.

According to researchers, children who do not get breakfast and lunch have an increased chance of becoming sick, inattentive and score lower on achievement tests.

The program last year served more than 4 million meals to Ohio children. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nearly 1,400 sites are registered. You can find a location and mealtimes near you here or by calling 1-866-348-6479.

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