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June 29, 2020
FOODBANK OF SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA AND THE EASTERN SHORE
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM FEEDS KIDS FOR FREE
Norfolk, VA – The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the number of children experiencing food insecurity in our service area. Schools have closed early, meaning children can’t easily access meals provided by federal nutrition programs. Parents who have lost their jobs are struggling even more to afford food for their families. This summer, the need for these meals will only increase as families continue to feel the impacts of COVID-19 in their households.
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Summer meal sites provide free, healthy, nutritious meals to children ages 5–18 at a first come, first serve basis. Summer meal sites are conveniently located in low-income neighborhoods so that participating children can walk or bike to receive meals in a safe, supportive environment where social distancing measures will be taken to ensure the health and well-being of children participating. Summer feeding sites are scheduled for the locations below.
• 6/15/2020 – 8/21/2020 Southside Boys & Girls Club, Diggs Town Unit, 1401 Melon Street, 757-383-6928 (Temporarily Closed 6/29 – 7/10/2020)
o Breakfast, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
• 6/15/2020 – 8/21/2020 Southside Boys & Girls Club, Berkley Unit, 701 Berkley Avenue Extension, 757-545-3289 (Temporarily Closed 6/29 – 7/10/2020)
o Breakfast, Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
• 5/26/2020 – 7/2/2020 Teens with a Purpose – The Youth Movement, 700 East Olney Road, 757-747-2679
o Lunch and Afternoon Snack, Tuesday (Tuesday & Wednesday meals will be distributed) and Thursday (Thursday & Friday meals will be distributed), 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
• 7/6/2020 – 8/28/2020 Teens with a Purpose – The Youth Movement, 700 East Olney Road, 757-747-2679
o Lunch, Monday thru Thursday, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
o Afternoon Snack, Monday thru Thursday, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
o NOTE: On Thursdays a lunch & snack for Friday will be sent home with each child.
• 7/6/2020 – 8/28/2020 The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Hampton Roads, 1401 Ballentine Boulevard, 757-622-5762
o Breakfast, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
• 6/29/2020 – 8/21/2020 Enoch Christian Academy, 5685 Herbert Moore Road, 757-552-7020
o Breakfast, Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
• 7/7/2020 – 8/14/2020 STOP, Inc. @ Trinity Church, 401 35th Street, 757-737.1822
o Breakfast, Monday thru Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 12:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
• 6/23/2020 – 8/28/2020 Adopt-a-Block Northampton, 509 Randolph Avenue, Cape Charles, 757-285-5797
o Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday meals will be distributed), 10:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m.
• 6/23/2020 – 8/21/2020 Northampton Parks & Rec, 7247 Young Street, Machipongo, 757-710-9898
o Lunch, Monday thru Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
o Afternoon Snack, 2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
• 7/2/2020 – 8/31/2020 Bethel Worship Center Church International, 3697 Pepperwood Court, 757-483-9697
o Breakfast and Supper, Tuesdays (2 days breakfast & 2 days supper), 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. & Thursdays (5 days breakfast & 5 days supper), 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Find additional Summer Feeding locations:
• Text ‘Food’ and your zip code to 877-877
• Summer Meal Site Finder: fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
• Dial “211” or visit 211virginia.org
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
About the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
For over 35 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided over 300 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we “eliminate hunger” on a daily basis for many. However, we understand that our current work addresses hunger for individuals in the short term. It does not address the root causes which force individuals to return to a food pantry again and again. This understanding has led to the creation of a 3-year strategic plan aimed to move Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit www.foodbankonline.org, Facebook, or Twitter.