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Free summer meals offered to Petersburg children

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. Here are Petersburg sites where nutritious summer meals are available (the hours shown are when the sites are open to the public):

Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays

  • Boys and Girls Club (816 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 9:30-10:30 a.m. and lunch 12:30-1 p.m. June 18-Aug. 24.
  • YMCA at Blandford Academy (816 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 18-Aug. 24.
  • Alternative Counseling (17 Hollyhill Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8-9 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. June 25-Aug. 24.

Serving breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays

  • Greater Faith AME Zion Church (1301 Youngs Road, Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast at 9:30-10 a.m. and lunch at 1:15-1:45 p.m. July 9-Aug. 3.
  • Petersburg Parks and Recreation (51 Gibbons Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast at 9:30-10 a.m. and lunch at 1:15-1:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (228 Halifax St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 10:15-10:45 a.m. and lunch 11:15-11:45 a.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist (310 W. South Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 10:15-10:45 a.m. and lunch 12:20-12:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 18.
  • Vernon Johns Middle School (3101 Homestead Drive, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch 12:10-12:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 3.
  • Walnut Hill Elementary School (300 W. South Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-Aug. 10.
  • Westview Early Childhood Education Center (1100 Patterson St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 8:15-8:45 a.m. and lunch 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-July 26.

Serving breakfast only Mondays through Thursdays

  • Agape (233 S. Adams St., Petersburg, VA 23803) will serve breakfast 9:30-10 a.m. June 25-Aug. 3.

Serving lunch only Mondays through Thursdays

  • Resources for Independent Living (1845 Fort Mahone St., Suite A, Petersburg, VA 23805) will serve lunch at 12:15-12:45 p.m. June 25-July 26.

 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. Sites will be closed July 4-5 for the Fourth of July holiday.

Background information

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.

To file a complaint

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the state or local agency where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/ complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by one of these methods:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
fax: 202-690-7442
email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.