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Free summer meals and groceries

School ends June 14, but free meals for young people in Petersburg continue throughout the summer. Click here for a downloadable flier.

Free breakfasts and lunches for children 18 years old or younger are available this summer at sites across Petersburg.

Summer meals are open to all children: no paperwork or proof of income is necessary. If you’re not sure which site is closest to you, then you can use your cellphone to find out: Just text FOOD to 877-877 and a list of meal sites and operating hours will be texted to you.

Here are Petersburg sites where nutritious summer meals are available (the hours shown are when the sites are open to the public); sites will be closed July 3-4 for the Fourth of July holiday.
Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays

  • AGAPE (233 S. Adams St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8-9 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. June 24-July 26.
  • Boys and Girls Club (816 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8-9 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. June 24-Aug. 2.

Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays

  • Vernon Johns Middle School (3101 Homestead Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 7:30-8:15 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 24-July 31.
  • Cool Spring Elementary School (1450 Talley Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch noon-1:30 p.m. June 24-July 31.
  • Petersburg Parks and Recreation (51 Gibbons Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast at 8-9 a.m. and lunch at noon-1 p.m. June 24-Aug. 15.

Groceries on Thursdays

  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church(228 Halifax St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will provide bags of groceries to take home 4-6 p.m. on these Thursdays: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29. Partners in the grocery giveaway are the Chesterfield Foodbank and Communities In Schools of Petersburg.

Background information on summer breakfasts and lunches

In 2014, Petersburg City Public Schools began offering free breakfasts and lunches to every student every school day under the Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. This allows school districts with high percentages of low-income children to drop the complicated application process for families and offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students on school days. This approach improves access to nutritious meals, simplifies life for families, cuts down on time spent in cashier lines and eliminates any stigma attached to the “free and reduced-price meal” label. Access to free breakfasts and lunches continues even when schools are closed for the summer.

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  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
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