PLAINFIELD, NJ - Each year children who participate in a free or reduced price meal program at school lose access to vital meals for almost three months during the summer, leaving parents with the strain of filling in the gaps without any extra money in their budgets.  To help ease this burden, the City of Plainfield, in partnership with the Plainfield Public School District, will once again participate in the Summer Food Service Program that provides children and teens with free meals.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded and state administered program that provides children 18 and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency. 

This year Plainfield's Summer Food Nutrition Program kickoff event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at Hannah Atkins Playground, 508-52 West 3rd Street.  There will be food, fun, games and more.  Anyone who wants to be a Hunger Hero, a member of the community who volunteers his or her time to help feed fellow residents, should attend the kickoff.

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Free summer meals will be distributed to children and teens 18 and under Monday through Friday, from July 1 through August 23.  Snacks will be served at 2:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by Hunger Heroes in the following parks:

  • Hannah Atkins Playground, 508-52 West 3rd Street
  • Rushmore Playground, 1401-1508 West 3rd Street
  • Seidler Field, 300-54 Netherwood Avenue

This year's Summer Food Coordinator is Sharon Slater, and Carolyn Thomas is the Food Service Clerk. 

According to Veronica Taylor, Superintendent of the Division of Parks & Recreation, Hunger Heroes who take a shirt are encouraged to post a picture of themselves wearing it on Facebook with the location of the feeding sites that are listed on the back.  Be sure to tag Facebook @divofparksandrecplainfield.

For more information, contact the Division of Parks & Recreation at 908-753-3097.