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Friday, June 18, 2021

6/21起在53個地點有波士頓青少年免費膳食站

    (Boston Orange編譯)波士頓代市長Kim Janey和市長的取得食物辦公室(Office of Food Access)(18)日宣布,波士頓夏吃項目的53個膳食站,將從621日起開張,另有14個膳食站將於今夏稍後開張。

                 2017年起創辦的這一項目,旨在擴大波士頓市內青少年獲取免費、健康食品的機會,確保青少年在學校關門的暑假期間,依然可以獲得食物。

                 希望為18歲以下青少年取得食物的波士頓居民,可以上網查找膳食站地點,www.boston.gov/summer-eats,或是寫下”Food”,或”Comida”,發送短訊到877-877,以獲取資訊。

                各膳食站的營運時間不同,大部分的膳食站目前提供早餐及午餐。家長可為未到現場的青少年拿取膳食。不需要登記,也不需要出示證明。礙於新冠病毒疫情,今年的餐食可以領取後拿走,不需要在現場食用。

              去年夏天,這項目在16各社區的91個膳食站,提供了1894748份膳食。其中有23個非傳統膳食站,包括一些波士頓房屋菊物業,農夫市場,社區及信仰組織,還有波士頓市政府大樓。今年的膳食站,有6個在波士頓房屋局所屬樓宇,14所波士頓公校,8個波士頓青年及家庭中心(BCYF)8個青年會(YMCA)4個農夫市場,30個社區及信仰機構,3個波士頓公共圖書館等。

                今夏,在學校關門後,將發放疫情EBT。凡是本學年領取P-EBT的幼稚園到12年級學生,將可領取分兩期給付、總額375元的P-EBT福利。第一期將於71日發放,第二訂81日發放。

 

MAYOR JANEY LAUNCHES 2021 BOSTON SUMMER EATS PROGRAM 

Meals are available to youth 18 years and younger at no cost and without registration or ID

 

BOSTON - Friday, June 18, 2021- Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) today announced that 53 Boston Summer Eats Program meal sites will open on June 21, 2021, with an additional 14 sites opening later in the summer. The Boston Summer Eats program is an innovative effort to lessen the summer food gap by increasing the availability of non-traditional meal sites. The program launched in 2017 with the goal to expand access to free and healthy meals for youth and teens in Boston. 

“Ensuring continued food access to our children and youth throughout the summer after school closes is vital to their wellbeing,” said Mayor Janey. “Thank you to all of the community-based organizations for their partnership with the City of Boston in creating access across our city for all our children.”

Residents who wish to access free meals for youth aged 18 and under can find sites at www.boston.gov/summer-eats or find additional locations across the state by texting “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877. Hours of operation vary depending on the site, and most meal sites are currently offering breakfast and lunch. Parents can pick up meals for youth who are not present. No registration or identification is required. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meals will be taken off-site, rather than eaten in a congregate meal setting at the site.

The Boston Summer Eats program is led by the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) in partnership with Project Bread, the Greater Boston YMCA, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is sponsored by the Boston Children's Hospital. Other partners involved in the 2021 Boston Summer Eats program include: Boston Public Library (BPL), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and Boston Public Schools (BPS). 

Last summer, the program served 1,894,748 meals across 91 sites in 16 neighborhoods. Among the 97 sites, there were 23 non-traditional sites, including certain Boston Housing Authority properties, farmers markets, community and faith-based organizations, and Boston City Hall. This year meal sites include six Boston Housing Authority properties, 14 Boston Public Schools, eight Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) sites, eight YMCA sites, four farmers markets, 30 community- and faith-based organizations, and three Boston Public Library locations throughout 17 neighborhoods. 

“I am grateful for all the support we have had from all of our Boston Summer Eats program partners,” said Catalina López-Ospina, Mayor’s Office of Food Access Director “Together, we are reducing food insecurity one child at a time and making healthy summer meals accessible to all.” 

Additionally, this summer, the Pandemic EBT will be available for families when schools are closed. All K-12 students who received P-EBT this school year will receive a total of $375 in P-EBT benefits in two equal payments of $187.50 this summer. The first payment will be issued on July 1 and the second payment will be issued on August 1. Also, families who receive SNAP and received P-EBT this year for their children ages 0 through 6 will also receive two summer P-EBT payments of $187.50, totaling $375 for the summer. P-EBT payments for these children will be made on July 25 and August 25. For more information residents can visit www.map-ebt.org.

These funds will go directly to residents’ P-EBT card or SNAP/EBT card if they are enrolled in SNAP. Residents are encouraged to keep their P-EBT cards even when they have used all the funds, in case benefits are added in the future. These funds can be used to purchase groceries anywhere EBT or SNAP is accepted. Residents can download the Fresh EBT app to find nearby stores and farmer’s markets that accept EBT.

For more information about Food Access resources in Boston, visit here

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