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Mayor Hogsett highlights free Summer Servings program for city youth

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Councillor William “Duke” Oliver, and Indy Parks highlighted the Summer Servings Program at Garfield Park and served meals to participating children. The program aims to fill the summer gap when children are out of school and the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are not available. 

Since 2013, nearly 3 million meals have been served under the Indy Parks Meal Programs and in 2022 Summer Servings provided 207,587 meals.  

“Now in its tenth year, Summer Servings is a critical source of healthy meals for Marion County children during their months away from the classroom,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Over the course of a decade, this program has provided three million meals to kids 18 and under. That lets the future generations of Indy residents continue developing in mind and body while they wait for school to start. But Summer Servings is also a great excuse for families to enjoy our Indy Parks – many of which are looking better than ever thanks to record-levels of investment this year.” 

“This crucial initiative provides our children with a reliable source of free meals during the summer months when school based programs are not available,” said Councillor Oliver. “In my district and across the city, food insecurity impacts our families throughout the year and by providing these meals at our city parks we bring relief to those most in need where they need it.” 

“The Summer Servings program is an important piece of Indy Parks larger meals program that helps to provide meals at parks across the city to help combat food insecurity in our communities,” added Director Boyd. “Inspiring healthy living is an important part of our Indy Parks mission, and providing access to healthy food is a key part of that mission. I encourage folks to go to our website parks.indy.gov or call (317) 327-7275 for information about Summer Servings locations and times near you.” 

More information about the Summer Servings Program is available here.

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