June 28, 2024

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to Hold Annual Blessing of the Summer Meals Program

The Summer Meals Program runs from June 17 through August 23.

Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS), will hold its annual “Blessing of the Summer” at Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester (Delaware County) to highlight its Summer Meals Program.

The Blessing of the Summer will celebrate how individuals are “United in God’s Love,” to go along with NDS’ Summer Meals Program theme of “Unity Opportunity.” NDS provides partnering sites with activity resources to help promote unity not only at the sites, but also within the families and cities where the children and youth reside.

Reverend Monsignor Daniel J. Sullivan, President of NDS’ Board, will preside over the blessing. Children who benefit from the Summer Meals Program will be in attendance.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
10:45 a.m. (Blessing in Cafeteria)
11:30 a.m. (Lunch Service Begins)
Drexel Neumann Academy
1901 Potter Street
Chester, PA 19013

This vital initiative ensures that children and youth aged 18 or younger throughout the Greater Philadelphia area have access to wholesome meals at no cost when school is out of session.

All meals are delivered daily “ready-to-eat” and no preparation is required. Summer Meals sites provide breakfast and lunch. Meals include whole grains, low-fat milk, protein-rich foods, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. In addition, all meals follow federal guidelines for nutrition, and lunches provide children with 1/3 of their daily nutritional requirements.

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Editor’s Note: To sign up for the Summer Meals Program, please call the Summer Meals Hotline at 215-895-3470 option 1. For more information about the Summer Meals Program, please visit https://www.healthymealsforchildren.org/summer-meal-program/summer-meals-program-faq/.

For over 50 years, NDS’ mission has been to serve children and those in need with healthy food and food-related resources. NDS accomplishes its mission in two distinct ways: by administering the federally-funded child nutrition programs and through the privately supported Community Food Program. For more information about NDS, please visit http://nutritionaldevelopmentservices.org/.  NDS is an equal opportunity service provider.

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Katie Rogers
Media and Events Specialist for Catholic Human Services
215-587-3747 (office)