Picnic in the Park offers free meals during the summer

Picnic in the Park offers free meals during the summer

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Picnic in the Park offers free meals during the summer

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 2:51 PM

BOISE -- Summer vacation is here and that means that the Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program is underway.  The foodbank is working to fight childhood hunger and gives out free breakfast and lunches at various locations during the summer months.

Boise Mayor David Bieter and representatives from the Idaho Department of Education and other groups kicked off the foodbank program Thursday at Ivywild Park.

This year there is something new with the program.

"Starting this year we have a new way you can find a site near you, if you text the word FOOD to 877877, you can find a site near you," said Angela Miller, summer food program coordinator. "The National Hunger Hotline is helping provide this service."

Last year, the Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program provided more than 54,000 meals.

This summer, they will be at 26 sites for 54 days, and expect to serve more than 62,000 meals.

Click here for a full list of locations for summer feeding programs in Idaho.

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