|"Hornet Pride" was on display as youths converged on East Hartford High School for #SummerMealsMadness.|
|Hoops and nutritious food were both on the menu.|
With the support of Fox 61, iHeart Media and Stop & Shop, Foodshare’s #SummerMealsMadness program is spreading the word about the federally funded Summer Food Service Program with basketball-themed events and free meals for kids at sites across the Greater Hartford area.
Last week, it was East Hartford High’s turn to host to #SummerMealsMadness, and EHHS served free meals to children 18 and younger during lunchtime, in addition to hosting basketball skills contests and offering giveaways from area radio station KISS 95.7.
|Shooting contests were part of the fun at Summer Meals Madness.|
Last year, the USDA-funded summer meals program served 60,287 meals in East Hartford, and Foodshare's East Hartford HAT, is working to improve on that performance.
In 2015, 27% of eligible Connecticut kids accessed summer meals benefits, according to the most recent figures. Compared to the national average of 15.8 percent, Connecticut is among states leading the way in connecting kids to summer meals.But that’s still three out of four eligible children potentially going hungry on any given summer day in our state.
Learn more about summer meals on our website, or to find a summer meals site near you call 2-1-1, text CTmeals to 877877, or visit http://www.CTSummerMeals.org.