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Summer Meals Fest held at Frontier Field

Summer Meals offers children ages 18 and under free meals at select locations throughout the summer. (Photo: Summer Meals)

Rochester, N.Y. - The Summer Meals Festival was held Saturday at Frontier Field.

The event was organized by the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester and gave families the opportunity to learn more about the Summer Meals initiative.

The program offers children ages 18 and under free meals at select locations throughout the summer.

"Many of Rochester's children do not have access to enough healthy food throughout the summer and Summer Meals can provide essential nutritional support in a fun setting, but too many youth are not taking advantage of these opportunities," said Mairéad Hartmann, Program Officer of Rochester Area Community Foundation and Co-Chair of the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester. "This festival shines a light on the network of summer supports in our community, as well as our food insecurity issues and how we're collectively trying to solve them."

Only 25 percent of Rochester city students who qualify for free or price reduced lunches during the school year participate in Summer Meals.

The goal of the festival is to increase participation by 20 percent every summer.

In addition to learning about the initiative, the festival included activities, such as an obstacle course, a bounce house and time meeting the Rochester Red Wings players and mascots.

Summer Meals is located at rec centers, schools and churches. To find a site near you visit the Summer Meals website.

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