Dutchess Kids Eat Free through Summer Meals Program

They are free to all children and teens 18 and younger who come to one of the summer meals sites.




Summer Food Service Program in Dutchess

For the nearly 16,000 young people in Dutchess County who qualify for free and reduced lunch, summer is less a vacation from school than a prolonged struggle with hunger. That’s why school districts, nonprofits and local municipalities coordinate each year to run the Summer Food Service Program, which serves nearly 90,000 free meals to children at more than 20 locations throughout the county. The food served through the program follows United States Department of Agriculture nutritional guidelines and is paid for by the USDA.

By offering nutritious foods at locations in Beacon, the Village of Wappingers, Poughkeepsie, Dover, Hyde Park and Webutuck, the program teaches children how to build a healthy plate and establish good eating habits. Many of the locations offer more than food; they also offer educational activities, friends and a sense of community.

There is no need to apply for the program or sign up ahead of time for the meals. They are free to all children and teens 18 and younger who come to one of the summer meals sites, which include schools, churches, community centers and other safe places. As sites and times vary throughout the county, families should text FOOD to 877-877 or call 866.3HUNGRY (866.348.6479) to find a summer meals site in their neighborhood.

For a list of some of the Hudson Valley locations, visit CCEDutchess.org and click on Nutrition and then Summer Food Service Programs.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

News Briefs

Dog Walk and Pet Fair Benefits SPCA

Dog Walk and Pet Fair Benefits SPCA

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 4, at FDR State Park, in Yorktown Heights
Birds of Prey Day at Green Chimneys

Birds of Prey Day at Green Chimneys

Visitors will have a chance to get “up-close and personal” with eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Holistic Expo Will Raise Funds for ‘Zen-Tuary’

Holistic Expo Will Raise Funds for ‘Zen-Tuary’

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 2 at Fable: From Farm to Table, in Ossining
Inner Harmony Expert Brings ‘Empowered Self Relating’ to Rhinebeck

Inner Harmony Expert Brings ‘Empowered Self Relating’ to Rhinebeck

At the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck June 21 to 23.
The Temperance Center Plans New Classes and Workshops

The Temperance Center Plans New Classes and Workshops

Services include yoga, meditation and special workshops and trainings.
Stress-Fighting Tools Can Preserve Physical Health

Stress-Fighting Tools Can Preserve Physical Health

Reiki I class on May 6 and 7
Golden Prana Is a ‘Wellness Oasis’ in Katonah

Golden Prana Is a ‘Wellness Oasis’ in Katonah

Designed to enhance peace, promote healing and cultivate self-awareness.
Science

Science

7 p.m., May 17, at First Unitarian Society of Westchester, in Hastings-on-Hudson
Light Therapy Can Have Emotional and Visual Benefits

Light Therapy Can Have Emotional and Visual Benefits

“Light therapy is a means of bringing the nervous system into balance."
Ayurveda Can Improve Women’s Health

Ayurveda Can Improve Women’s Health

“The key, from the Ayurvedic perspective, is living in balance so that the body’s intricate systems can function properly.”
Sleep Apnea Often Treatable with Oral Appliance Therapy

Sleep Apnea Often Treatable with Oral Appliance Therapy

“If you or your bed partner snores, please call me and ask about a sleep apnea consultation.”
Integrative Medical Pioneer to Disburse His Document Collection

Integrative Medical Pioneer to Disburse His Document Collection

"I would like to pass this on to an institution, a clinic or a few individuals who will cherish them."
Elizabeth Pasquale Achieves Certification in Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning

Elizabeth Pasquale Achieves Certification in Neuro-Hypnotic Repatterning

“Now I have another valuable technique to help people reach their goal of health, vibrancy and happiness even faster.”
Centenarian Master Yogini to Teach Briarcliff Workshop

Centenarian Master Yogini to Teach Briarcliff Workshop

1:30 to 4:30 p.m., June 8, at Club Fit, in Briarcliff Manor
Lucky Orphans Hosts Faces of PTSD Gallery

Lucky Orphans Hosts Faces of PTSD Gallery

noon to 5 p.m., May 18
Meditation Helps Massage Therapist ‘Listen’ to the Body

Meditation Helps Massage Therapist ‘Listen’ to the Body

“I assess where the client is emotionally, listening to what their muscles have to say."
Micro-Business Training in Pleasantville for Adults with Autism

Micro-Business Training in Pleasantville for Adults with Autism

Through hands-on training, participants can learn skills like order processing, packaging, marketing, distribution and customer relations.
Life Energy Arts Opening in Mount Kisco

Life Energy Arts Opening in Mount Kisco

Grand opening 2 to 4 p.m. on May 5
5Rhythms Family Dance Makes Hudson Valley Debut

5Rhythms Family Dance Makes Hudson Valley Debut

2 to 3:30 p.m. on May 4, at the Ascend Center, in Cold Spring
Holistic Group Holds Regular Networking Events in Yorktown

Holistic Group Holds Regular Networking Events in Yorktown

“We are a relaxed group of professionals offering a supportive community, networking events, many affordable marketing opportunities and fun.”
Local Heart Walks Happening This Year

Local Heart Walks Happening This Year

Heart Walks fund the AHA’s research and awareness programs.
Unique Therapy Effects Transformation through Movement

Unique Therapy Effects Transformation through Movement

“Change the Dance of Life healing reshapes emotional patterns of life and relationships at the cellular and conscious levels by physically moving subtle energy.”
Local Wellness Coaches Building a ‘Gym for the Soul’

Local Wellness Coaches Building a ‘Gym for the Soul’

“The center will be a hub for heart-centered collaboration, personal evolution and business growth—a spiritual home for healers and those seeking healing, alike.”
World Tai Chi Qigong Day: One Breath, One World

World Tai Chi Qigong Day: One Breath, One World

On April 27, In Balance Tai Chi Studio, in Brewster, will invite the public to celebrate the 20th annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) with a presentation.
Qi Revolution Comes to Danbury

Qi Revolution Comes to Danbury

The three-day training will be available in Danbury, Connecticut, from April 13 to 15 at the Amber Room Colonnade.
A Quarter-Century in Green Lawn Care and Pest Control

A Quarter-Century in Green Lawn Care and Pest Control

“I do a lot of research and testing of my oils; I even make a pet line and a human line. It’s all safe and natural."
Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown

Awaken Wellness Fair Returns to Tarrytown

April 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel
Bethany Arts Community Accepting Applications for Artist Residencies

Bethany Arts Community Accepting Applications for Artist Residencies

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30