BRAFB Sponsors Free Summer Meals for Kids in Charlottesville - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

BRAFB Sponsors Free Summer Meals for Kids in Charlottesville

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Summer can be a tough time for kids in central Virginia who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. But this season, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is feeding more than 3,000 children to help fill the gap.

The nonprofit is sponsoring nearly 50 meal sites across its 25-county network through the federal Summer Food Service Program.

There are a handful of locations in Charlottesville where kids at risk of hunger can grab a healthy bite to eat. 

Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries on Fontaine Avenue is one of five different feeding sites in the area. The kids who enrolled for these free meals receive breakfast and lunch through the church for a full month. Menus crafted by the food bank combine nutritious items such as bagels, applesauce, and milk.

Other locations around the city also offer snacks and even dinner for these children in need.

Joe Caputi, manager of the Thomas Jefferson Area branch of the BRAFB, said, “As effective as the program is, we're finding that in reality, we have about 10,000 children we would like to be able to reach and can't, so their families that are still very dependent from food from our food banks and our partner agencies and we still rely very much on donations throughout the summer.”

The Summer Food Service Program is fully reimbursed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  That means the initiative is not dependent on donations.  The program started in 1975.

Other meal sites in Charlottesville include Computers4Kids, First Baptist Church, Greenstone on 5th and Friendship Court. Organizers say another snack-only site will be offered at Friendship Court, beginning in August.

Click here for a full list of the current serving dates and times in the city.

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