Frontier Field recently welcomed more than 600 attendees during the annual Spring into Summer: Summer Meals Fest.
The event organized by Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester aimed to increase participation in the city’s Summer Meals program. Activities included a bounce house, WDKX dance party and menu tastings.
“It is essential that we get the word out to families that if you are 18 or younger in Rochester, you can drop in to any open summer meals site to get free meals all summer long,” said Dina Faticone, director of community health and engagement at Common Ground Health and partnership co-chairman. “The partnership has worked hard all year to promote this program to ensure everyone in the community who wants to participate knows how to find a summer meals site.”
The event featured informational tables about summer activities such as Kids Thrive 585, Girl Scouts of Western New York, YMCA, Rochester Public Library and ABC Head Start.
The city of Rochester, Rochester City School District, Foodlink, Rochester Area Community Foundation, CGH and other local partners have a common goal to ensure all kids have a safe, happy and healthy summer.
An expanded mobile meals initiative aims to reach children in areas that don’t have access to a site. Foodlink and RCSD vehicles will bring meals to at least five sites daily throughout the summer.
“What I value most about the collaboration among all of the partners is that together we have developed innovative ways to reach children,” Faticone said. “This mobile program was the logical next step.”
For information, call 211 or visit summermealsroc.org.