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June 11, 2014


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia kicks off its 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. Monsignor Daniel Sullivan, President of the NDS Board, will preside over the blessing at Saint Athanasius Parish in Northwest Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Immediately Followed by Lunch
Saint Athanasius Parish School Gym
7100 Cedar Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138

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 16th through August 22nd.

In Summer 2013, NDS worked with 440 sites and served over 820,000 meals throughout the Philadelphia region. 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.

Saint Athanasius represents the more than 400 summer sites that will partner with NDS this year in providing a healthy meal to children. Participating sites offer children lunch and a choice of breakfast or a snack. Most Philadelphia and many suburban neighborhoods qualify for the program. Children participating in the summer meal program are invited to enter a Creative Writing Contest and a Poster Contest which promotes peace in the community.

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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 267-262-8901.

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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