Summer program gives free meals to low income families

Thousands of children live in homes without enough food

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Most children can’t wait for summer recess, but for parents, without school meals to depend on, these months can be a tough time financially.

At Shiloh 7th Day Adventist Church in Springfield, the community is trying to help. It’s part of the state-wide Summer Food Service Program that gives free meals to low income families over the summer.

Volunteers told 22News, it’s a huge help to families, and a lot of fun for the kids. Kimberly Reid said, “It’s a very positive environment and the kids can come and meet new friends and socialize and they get a free lunch.”

According to Quaylin Bush of Springfield, “Lunch that is always provided is very good. If somebody asked me how it was I would recommend it for them.”

In Massachusetts, nearly 230-thousand children live in homes without enough food. For more information on the program and locations across western Mass., Click Here.

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