PLAINFIELD, NJ - A community event aiming to inform families about the City of Plainfield's free Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will take place at Hannah Atkins Playground on Wednesday, June 21 from 3:30 to 7:00 pm.
In 2016, less than twenty percent of the 428,909 children who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals participated in the food program across the state of New Jersey. Plainfield, an area eligible city, had 7,756 youth who could have participated, yet only 23% took advantage of the program.
Plainfield ranks second in Union County in successful delivery of meals to needy youth during the summer months, but there is still a need to reach the 77%, or 5,970 who have not participated in SFSP.
A recruitment effort is underway by the city for Hunger Heroes. Plainfield residents who agree to share information about the Summer Food Service Program on social media and via other channels will receive a Hunger Hero tee shirt while supplies last. Sign up at the event at Hannah Atkins Playground, located at 508-52 West Third Street at the corner of Plainfield Avenue, on June 21.
There will be a literature drop on Thursday, June 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The City of Plainfield's free Summer Food Service Program is in partnership with the Plainfield Public School District. There is no paperwork required to participate in the program.
For more information, call 908-753-3097.