The Canton Repository
More sites have been added. No sign-up is required for children ages 1 through 18 to receive a meal.
Children throughout Stark County can eat breakfast and lunch for free this summer.
The Ohio Department of Education once again is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, which provides children ages 1 through 18 with free meals during summer break when they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs can participate through age 21.
No sign-up is required for children to receive a meal.
State education officials said the food program is intended to help children return to school ready to learn by providing nutritious meals that will continue a child’s physical and social development during the break from school. Research has that children who miss breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, inattentive and score lower on achievement tests.
Last year, more than 4 million meals were served to Ohio children through the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To find a location and meal times near you, call 1-866-348-6479 or visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat.
Nearly 1,400 sites are registered in Ohio, including 24 locations in Stark County. There are also multiple sites offering free food in Stark County that are not part of the Ohio Department of Education program, but are funded by either grants or local dollars.