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These summer food programs offer free meals for Pittsburgh-area kids and families

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Many children and their families get a vital portion of their nutrition from school food programs. When summer arrives and school ends, that need remains. So we were so glad to learn through our friends at Trying Together that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank are offering summer food programs providing meals to children at no cost to them or their families while school isn’t in session.

How Can You Find a Summer Meal Site?

Folks nationwide can use the USDA Summer Meal Site Finder to search. Then, simply bring your child to the site nearest to you during meal times. Parents can also text “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find sites. Pittsburgh meal sites for this summer currently include:

  • Calvary United Methodist Church: free meals June 26–29, Mon and Thurs, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Warren United Methodist Church: free meals June 21–Aug. 10, Mon/Weds/Thurs, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • The Bridge at Northview Heights: free meals June 26 – Aug. 4, Mon-Fri, 8:45 – 9:30 a.m. and 12 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Sheridan United Methodist Church: free meals June 20 – Aug. 10, Tues and Thurs, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Trinity AME Zion Church: free meals June 21 – Aug. 11, Mon/Weds/Fri, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Sto-Rox Library: free meals June 5 – Aug. 10, Mon through Thurs, 1 – 2 p.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

What is the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Summer Youth Café? 

This federally-funded child nutrition program offers healthy meals for kids during the summer. Search the Food Bank’s Find Food resources tool for your nearest location, then bring your child there during meal times. Local sites for this summer include LaRosa Youth Club and Safe Passage in McKeesport, and Northern Area Boys & Girls Club and many others. Search here for locations.

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