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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Organizes 10th Annual Summer Food Service Program

BOCA RATON , FL (May 8, 2009) – Students at the Florida Atlantic University Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service are currently preparing for their annual Summer Food Service Program. The program is 75 percent funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Education, and provides meals for six summer camps in the Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach areas during the months of June, July and August.

Nutritionally-balanced meals will be provided to all children, regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin, when breakfasts and lunches at school are not available. All children, ages 18 and under and enrolled at the qualifying camp sites, are eligible for meals at no charge. More than 550 underprivileged campers will benefit from the program this year alone.

The campers participating in this program are youths who receive free or reduced-price school lunches at area public schools during the school year. The summer food program provides relief to underprivileged families when faced with the financial burden of providing their children with adequate daycare and nutrition during the summer months.

There are several camps participating this year, including the G.A.T.E. Salvation Army, Milagro Center, Youth Activity Center, Pearl City Cats, West Side Park Recreational Center and Campo Alegre.

Area businesses, restaurants and individuals are asked to sponsor the program each year, and without them, this program would not be possible. Donations make a difference in enabling this program to get better quality food to more underprivileged children as the need increases. An account has been set up in the FAU Foundation to support this program. Make checks payable to the FAU Foundation / Summer Food Program and send to:

FAU Weppner Center for Civic Engagement and Service
777 Glades Road
Student Support, Building 8, Room 226A
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Donations also can be made online at fauf.fau.edu. For more information, contact Nori Carter at 561-297-3607 or ncarte10@fau.edu.

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