Summer Meal Sites For Children 18 And Under And Additional Resources- Dial 2-1-1
School districts throughout our region have closed their doors for summer. Thousands of children who depend on school breakfast and lunch can now visit summer meal sites opening in their neighborhoods and at some school locations. Parents or caregivers can simply dial 2-1-1 to find the nearest site to them.
A call to 2-1-1 can also lead to so much more.
Many families in our community have very limited resources. School meals may be their children’s only source of food for the entire day.
“We really want parents to call 211- we can help them to find locations for food stamp application assistance, food pantries, meal sites, employment assistance, free or low cost clinics, behavioral health providers and more!” says Patrice Schroeder, Community Relations for 211 HelpLine.
Nationally, it is estimated that 1 in 5 children are at risk for hunger. They have no idea where their next meal will come from.
Though families can go directly to the USDA’s website, 211 staff feel it is important that the community encourages families to dial 2-1-1 for the additional information and supportive assistance they will receive.
If you or someone you know would like more information on available resources and services, simply dial 2-1-1. Calls to 2-1-1 are free, confidential and available 24/7. Online Chat is also available: visit www.211palmbeach.org orwww.211treasurecoast.org. or for Texting: text your zip code to 898211.
Nonprofit 211 Helpline’s mission is to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.