An event celebrating the launch of the 2012 program was held at Rolling Terrace Elementary School Tuesday (June 26, 2012) and included Montgomery County Board of Education Vice President Christopher Barclay, Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr, Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin and other partners. This summer, MCPS expects that nearly 9,000 students will receive meals at 114 locations. Those locations include 10 walk-in sites, such as Rolling Terrace, where all children 18 and under can receive a free meal.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the MCPS Summer Food Service Program was created in 1976 to help bridge the summer break nutrition gap. Thirty-three percent of children in Montgomery County Public Schools are eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals during the school year and that number has grown dramatically in recent years.
“Our commitment to nourishing the minds and bodies of our students extends beyond the school year,” said Shirley Brandman, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “This is a vital program for our community that is growing to meet the needs of our families.”
Staff from the MCPS Division of Food and Nutrition Services prepare and deliver the food to all of the program sites in the county. Last year, the program provided more than 320,000 meals.
Dr. Starr said the success of the MCPS Summer Food Service Program is due to the collaborative efforts of the community.