BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish officials announced details regarding this year's summer feeding program, which is open to any East Baton Rouge Parish resident regardless of income.
The program, which is offered by the US Department of Agriculture, is sponsored by the school districts and other community organizations. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to children, regardless of how much their parents or guardians earn.
"Last summer, we served over 322,000 meals, and we hope to build on that success this year," said Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden.
Officials say 21 million US children receive free and reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But when school lets out, many kids either go hungry or end up eating meals that are not healthy.
For more information about the program, residents can contact the East Baton Rouge Parish School System at (225) 226-3604 or the Big Buddy Program (225) 388-9737. Baker residents can contact the City of Baton School System at (225) 774-5795 and Central residents can call the Central Community School System (225) 650-2918 or (225) 650-2919.