TREASURE COAST ― The Treasure Coast Food Bank is partnering with other charitable organizations across the region to offer children free summer meals. Now through August 9, children ages 18 and under can walk into any of the locations listed below and receive a free meal or snack.
Meal times vary by location. Each site offers two of three meal options: breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack.
All of the meals are made fresh daily in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food production plant. Meals normally include sandwiches and wraps, salads, fruits, and vegetables.
The program targets low-income areas to fill the summer gap for families that rely on free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. For some, TCFB says, the free meal is the only meal the children will eat all day.
“It’s no secret that summer is the hardest time for people who struggle to provide food for their families,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “The Summer Meals program provides nutritious meals to any child who needs one. It lets kids be kids without worrying about where their next meal will come from.”
Year-round, TCFB provides several million meals annually on the Treasure Coast, valued at more than $50 million.
Summer meals are distributed from TCFB to the partner organizations that handle each site. In addition to the meals, most locations provide additional activities that promote healthy living.
In Sebastian, the location is Boys and Girls Club of Indian River County, (772) 388-4944, 1415 Friendship Lane.
Vero Beach: Boys & Girls Club, (772) 299-7494, 1729 17th Ave.
Wabasso: Dasie Hope Center, (772) 589-3535, 8445 64th Ave.
Fort Pierce: END It, (772) 519-3593, 805 S 6th St.; G-Force Summer Camp, (772) 812-6111, 4300 Okeechobee Road; New Birth Vision Deliverance Inc., (772) 940-6363, 3524 Okeechobee Road; In The Image of Christ, Inc., (772) 461-7788 ext 104, 3090 Avenue G; Frontline For Kids Inc., (772) 464-0100, 309 S 7th St.; Multicultural Resource Center, (772) 672-3710, 302 N 23rd St.; My Brother and Sister's Keeper - Sword Outreach, (225) 335-0266, 2905 Juanita Ave.; Colony Club, (772) 801-4031, 2601 N US Hwy 1; YMCA, (772) 878-7337, 1400 Ave. Q; Sword Outreach Ministries - It's a Small World, (772) 263-3831, 1211 Ave Q; Your Plate Health & Wellness Center, (772) 464-9617, 1203 Orange Ave.; Hartman Road Church of Christ, (772) 971-0432, 1010 Hartman Road; Club Pure FP, (772) 342-1225, 3732 Oleander Ave., suite 112.
Port St. Lucie: Renaissance Charter School of St Lucie, (585) 613-1768, 300 NW Cashmere Blvd.; Dalton Learning Academy, (772) 521-4802, 2655 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd.; Village Green YMCA, (772) 878-7337, 1700 SE Lennard Road; Bayshore YMCA of St. Lucie, (772) 878-7337, 1301 SW Bayshore Blvd.; Club Pure PSL, (772) 429-0031, 10293 S US Hwy 1.
Indiantown: Elisabeth Lahti Library, (772) 221-4651, 15200 SW Adams Ave.
Stuart: Building Bridges for Youth, (772) 285-6884, 720 SE Church St.; Holiday I MHP, (772) 283-8170, 40 SE Broadway St.; YMCA of the Treasure Coast, (772) 286-4444 ext. 261, 1700 SE Monterey Road.
Treasure Coast Food Bank expects to add more sites throughout the summer. To learn about becoming a Summer Meals site, call (772) 446-1750 or visit www.stophunger.org/sfsp.