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May 16, 2013

Nutritional Development Services will again provide meals to hundreds of thousands of youths in need

Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will once again launch a Summer Meal Program so that children in the five-county area do not go hungry. This effort fills a gap during the summer months when meals are not provided in a school setting. As a sponsor of the Seamless Summer Option Food Service Program for Children, NDS partners with hundreds of dedicated community organizations and leaders to provide a service that contributes to the health and well-being of thousands of area children.

Summer Meals Program
June 17, 2013 to August 23, 2013

Participating sites offer children (18 years of age and under) lunch and a choice of breakfast or snack. Meals include whole grains, a variety of salads and fresh vegetables. NDS Summer Meals Programs will be available from June 17th through August 23rd of this year.

Last year, over 909,000 meals were served in 470 sites in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify.

The Seamless Summer Option Food Service Program for Children is a federally-funded program operated nationally by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Editor's Note: For more information on the Summer Meals Program including eligibility requirements and parameters for being a host site, please contact Anne H. Ayella at
215-895-3470, extension 77901 or visit

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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