VIDEO - Delaware's First Lady leads effort to publicize meal sites throughout the state.

First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney and the Delaware Department of Education ask all Delawareans to spread the word about free meals this summer for children in need.

The Summer Food Service Program helps children in low-income areas have nutritious meals during the summer. Children and teens 18 years old or younger are eligible. It is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education.

“We’re asking all Delawareans to join in the fight against childhood hunger by spreading the word about the Summer Food Service Program,” said Carney.

“Ensuring that every child has access to nutritious meals is a moral obligation that also supports the most urgent, practical goals we have for our state for student engagement and achievement, for public health, and for a vibrant economy driven by a strong workforce.”

Additional mobile meals programs, especially within participating school districts, were launched this summer, and aim to reach more rural children.

  • Woodbridge School District has a mobile meals program, reaching children in their community who might not otherwise be able to get to their schools for meals.

  • Seaford School District launched an additional food truck.

  • Lake Forest School District joined the Summer Food Service Program for the first time this summer.

  • Smyrna School District launched food service program community sites for the first time.

  • Brandywine School District has a bus for mobile meals.

  • Colonial, Red Clay, Capital and Caesar Rodney School Districts have expanded their summer food service programs.