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June 19, 2012


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia kicks off Summer Meals Program

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is sponsoring its annual
Blessing of the Summer to kick off its Summer Meals Program. In the summer of 2011, NDS operated close to 500 summer feeding sites and served approximately 991,000 meals. NDS partners with dedicated community leaders to provide service to families and contribute to the health and well-being of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.

Monsignor Daniel Sullivan, President of the NDS Board, will preside over the blessing at Saint Jerome Parish School in Northeast Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
11:45 a.m.
Immediately Followed by Lunch
Saint Jerome School
3031 Stamford Street
Philadelphia, PA 19136

The Summer Meals Program is federally funded, operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This year the NDS Summer Meals Program runs from June 18th through August 24th. Children participating in the program are invited to enter a Creative Writing Contest and a Poster Contest titled Piece for Peace, which promotes peace in the community.

Participating sites offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or a snack. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify for the program.

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Editor's Note: To sign up for the Summer Meals Program or for more information on Nutritional Development Services please call Anne Ayella at 215-895-3470.

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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