Indy Parks is once again participating in the Summer Servings Program. Nationally, it’s referred to as the Summer Food Service Program for Children, and is designed to serve nutritious meals to children 18 and under when the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available.
To ensure all children receive proper nutrition throughout the year, the program reimburses organizations that prepare and serve meals to eligible children during the summer and school vacation periods.
I had the honor of joining Mayor Hogsett, Linda Broadfoot (Indy Parks), Marcia Yurczyk (assistant director of school and summer nutrition programs, Indiana Department of Education), and Cole Momcilovich (recent
Park Tudor graduate who designed the new Meals on the Go app, which allows families and students to view meals sites, hours, and other program details on their cell phones).
We were joined by children attending the park’s day camp at Broad Ripple Park Family Center, who were then served food following the remarks. During the day camp, Broad Ripple serves children 70 free meals per day,
amounting to 350 meals per week and 1,400 meals per month. That’s a lot of good service at absolutely no cost to children and their families.
Broad Ripple Park means a lot to many people, and it means a lot to the larger Broad Ripple community. This park is a place where neighbors gather to engage with nature, arts, and culture. It’s a park where so many great things happen and Summer Servings is one of those great things. Thank you, Indy Parks, for feeding children and putting on the most creative and energetic programs, and for making this park better every single year.