Cambridge’s Summer Food Scheme will provide free meals to Cambridge youngsters aged 18 and under

Starting Tuesday, July 5, the Cambridge Summer Food Scheme will provide free meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekday to Cambridge children and young people aged 18 and under. The Summer Food Scheme, run by the City of Cambridge’s Department of Social Service Programs (DHSP), aims to increase food security for families in Cambridge by providing free nutritious meals to children.

Breakfasts and lunches will be available at outdoor venues across the city, and Cambridge youngsters can join DHSP recreation staff for fun activities in nearby parks while meals are served. Free dinners will be served at Summer Basketball League venues around the city. Cambridge youth and children do not need to be in leagues to receive dinner. Through the program, free snacks will also be provided to youth and families who attend the city’s weekly “Screen on the Green” family movie nights in July and August. No ID is required to receive a meal, and vegetarian options are available at each location.

“The Summer Food Program is a crucial resource for Cambridge families during the summer, and we are proud to offer meal sites in each neighborhood so children can easily access free breakfast, lunch and dinner,” City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said. “The program is also a great way for kids to enjoy our open space this summer – whether they’re playing in the parks, competing in a basketball league, or enjoying movie night with the family.”

“Over the years we have provided tens of thousands of free meals to children and young people in Cambridge, and each year we expand the program to better meet the needs of our community,” said Ellen Semonoff, Deputy Director of social services. “The summer food program not only increases families’ food security; it also builds community by bringing kids together to enjoy meals and have fun.

From Monday to Friday, breakfasts will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunches will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Fresh Pond Apartments Playground, 362–364 Rindge Avenue
  • Gold Star Mothers Park Playground, 123 Gore St.
  • Greene-Rose Heritage Park Playground, 155 Harvard St.
  • Hoyt Field Playground, 12 Gilmore St.
  • Louis A. DePasquale Playground, Danehy Park, 75 Field St.
  • Rindge Avenue Playground, Russell Field, Rindge Ave.
  • Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park, 71 Rogers St.
  • Willow Street Playground, Donnelly Field, 61 Willow Street

Dinners will be served during DHSP Recreational Summer Basketball Leagues from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following weekdays at the following locations:

  • Ahern Field, 259 Charles St Monday and Wednesday starting July 6
  • Glacken Field, 661 Huron Ave Tuesday and Thursday starting July 5
  • Hoyt Field, 12 Gilmore St Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 5

In addition to dining sites open to the public, the program also provides free meals to qualifying summer camps and community programs. For more information about the program, visit www.cambridgema.gov/SummerFood.

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