Blue Ridge Area Food Bank brings food to kids during summer vacation

VERONA – The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is participating in the USDA’s Summer Foodservice Program, sponsoring six locations beginning in late May, helping to ensure that children throughout the region have access to nutritious foods to fuel their learning, play and growth.

One in 12 children in the food bank’s service area suffer from food insecurity, according to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to reach children who do not receive nutritious meals at home during the school summer vacation. Students who receive free or reduced-price meals at school are particularly at risk.

The food bank provides healthy breakfast foods, vegetables, fruits, meat protein dishes and other sources, even fun snacks to organizations such as boys and girls clubs, children’s programs, and more. schools, churches and recreation programs that serve children at risk of food insecurity. .

This is provided free to all children to help them thrive and stay on track for healthy development.

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Summer Dining Program Sites




  • Contact: Sara Wilfong, [email protected]
  • June 10–August. 26, Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast: 8.30am-9am; lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Contact: Shamika Hayes, [email protected]
  • June 21–August. 13, Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


  • Contact: Bruce Boling, [email protected]
  • June 20 to July 28, Monday to Thursday
  • Breakfast: 8h-8h30; lunch: 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.


  • Contact: Dr. Brenda Farmer, [email protected]
  • June 27 to July 27, Monday to Friday
  • Breakfast: 9.30am-10am; lunch: 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

The food bank will serve approximately 300 children under the summer program in its 25-county service area this summer. For more details, visit the food bank’s website at

Families in need of food assistance can access the food bank’s Food Finder tool to locate local food pantries. Go to

Based in Verona, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 25 counties and eight cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Verona and Winchester.

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— Monique Calello (her) is a health and social justice reporter for The News Leader in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Story ideas are always welcome. You can reach her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @moniquecalello.