Brewer to promote free summer meals for kids with Friday Day of Action

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer distributes flyers at PS 92
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer distributes flyers at PS 92

NEW YORK CITY (TIP): On Friday, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer @galeabrewer will lead a borough-wide Day of Action to provide parents and children with detailed information about free meals available this summer through New York City’s Summer Meals Program.

Manhattan B.P. to deploy staff and volunteers to 82 schools with detailed flyers on how, when, and where to get free summer meals for kids

“We’ve put together the information and the volunteers, and Friday we’re going to do our best to tell parents and students when and where they can get free Summer their Meals in neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The sooner we can get this information to students and parents, the better. That’s why my office is making a big push this week with our own detailed flyers, and that’s why I hope we can get this information out even earlier next year, so we have more time to spread the word.”

Summer Meals is federally funded and serves free, nutritious meals for kids during the summer at hundreds of public schools, public pools and recreation centers, New York City Housing Authority complexes and other sites. For years, Brewer has enthusiastically boosted the program with flyering and outreach efforts. Brewer has also urged city officials to publish detailed information on the Summer Meals program earlier in the school year, before the start of exams and graduations, to make it easier to get detailed information to parents and families.

On Friday, Brewer and about 100 volunteers and staff will fan out to Manhattan’s 82 Title One elementary schools with flyers detailing when and where free meals will be available this summer. Brewer’s office produced and printed the flyers based on information recently obtained from the Dept. of Education, New York City Housing Authority, and other city agencies. The flyers, which are customized with Summer Meals locations and times in each of Manhattan’s neighborhoods, will be available online in up to six languages per neighborhood: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, and Haitian Creole.

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Brewer sponsors legislation with Councilmember James Vacca (D-Bronx) that would require the Department of Education to publish and disseminate Summer Meals times and locations on or before June 1 every year (Int. 461-2014). Nine additional councilmembers and Public Advocate Letitia James support the bill as cosponsors.

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