With the school year winding down, organizations across New Jersey are gearing up to serve fresh, healthy summer meals to children and teens in communities across the state.

Funded through the USDA, these meals must meet USDA nutritional guidelines, which call for balanced foods that contain low salt and sugar and whole grains. This summer, New Jersey expects to have about 1,300 sites across the state serving meals to children and teens 18 and under.

The meals are served at parks, schools, pools, libraries, recreation programs and other places where children congregate in the summer.

To find open sites, parents can visit the USDA summer meals sitefinder, text “food” to 9779 or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY. It’s best to check with the site before visiting to be sure they serve meals to any child, regardless of whether they are registered with the program.

Learn more at cfanj.org.

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