The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market continues to be the only farmers market in New Jersey to offer free USDA summer meals to children. The summer dinner program officially kicked off on Monday, July 10 and will run through August 28. The program provides free, healthy meals to Trenton kids ages 18 and under and will continue every Monday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm during the summer months.
According to the USDA, nearly 1 in six children in American lived in a household characterized by food insecurity in 2015. In New Jersey, 13.1 of children live in food-insecure households. The summer food service program aims to serve over 200 million meals this summer, helping to combat hunger when school is not in session.
“We’re excited to offer free and healthy summer meals to kids for the second year in a row. Last year, the program served nearly 700 meals to kids through federal and local programs. “After August 28, we look forward to collaborating with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to continue offering free meals through the end of the market season,” said Marissa Davis, project director for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Trenton.
For the first time this year, summer meals are also available on site for purchase by adults. “The availability of adult meals allows people of all ages the opportunity to come and enjoy a healthy meal,” stated Davis.