The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department, in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will be hosting a SPIKE event on Thursday, July 13, at the Westgate Park and Recreation Center. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This countywide event is a celebration of the healthy, free meals and snacks available to youth in Palm Beach County during the summer months. The Summer Food Services Program (SFSP), administered and monitored by the Youth Services Department and funded by the USDA, provides free, nutritious meals and snacks for children in low-income areas. This helps ensure children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
“Summer meals are essential in this county,” said Youth Services Director Tammy K. Fields. “Good nutrition is imperative for our youth to grow, learn and develop. This need does not go away when the school year ends.”
SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child’s physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school. It helps children return to school ready to learn.
School-age children may receive free meals and snacks through SFSP. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. There are 73 SFSP sites throughout Palm Beach County providing free meals.
Westgate Park and Recreation Center is located at 3691 Oswego Ave, West Palm Beach. The Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the SFSP since its inception.
Please visit www.pbcgov.org/youthservices/Pages/Summer_Food.aspx for more information.