Free Summer Food Service Program


Free Summer Food Service Program

Posted by: Vickie Middlebrooks


– May 31st, 2012


The School District of Palm Beach County is offering the Summer Food Service Program weekdays starting June 11, 2012 through August 8, 2012.  The School District has sponsored this program for the past 14 years.

List of Summer Food Service School Sites 2012

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of  race,  color,  sex,  disability,  age,  or   national  origin  during  summer vacation  when  school  breakfasts  and  lunches  are  not available.  All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. The  programs  are  only  approved  for  geographical  areas  of   need where 50  percent or more of  the children qualify for  free and reduced price meals during the school year.

Summer Food Service sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school.

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should immediately write or call:


Director, Office of Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

(800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information please contact School Food Service Field Manager Peter Wood at 561-383-2003 or .

FOOD CORP, Changing the minds, bodies and way of thinking, of youth across America

FOOD CORP, Changing the minds, bodies and way of thinking, of youth across America

FoodCorps places motivated  leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, we implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our Service Members:

Deliver hands-on nutrition education

Build and tend school gardens

Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias

They take pride in having been a part of the growing and harvesting process, which is really the most beautiful part to me, when I can help them reconnect with the direct source of their food.”       – Service Member Christopher Chemsak

Our approach is based on three interventions:

  • Knowledge: Nutrition Education that teaches kids what healthy food is
  • Engagement: School Gardens that engage kids and community volunteers
  • Access: Farm to Cafeteria programs that put local food in school lunch

Our first 50 FoodCorps Service Members are setting out to 41 sites across 10 states! More than 1,200 emerging leaders applied for the positions, demonstrating remarkable skill, passion, and commitment in areas related to improving school food. Our focus is, K-12

SINCE AUG 15, 2011, 46,833 CHILDREN REACHED, 396 GARDEN PROJECTS, 8,301 lbs. Produce Donated, 1,404 New Community Volunteers.

Started with UEPI, Urban & Environmental Policy Insitute @ Cooidental College (LA).,



Welcome to the Edible School Yard- New Orleans

Welcome to the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Edible Schoolyard NOLA changes the way kids eat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families and school community.
“The garden helps me make healthy choices.”- S. J. Charter 6th grader
Founded in 2006, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESY NOLA) changes the way kids eat, learn, and live at five (5) FirstLine public charter schools in New Orleans. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families, and school community. We do this by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs. ESY NOLA involves students in all aspects of growing, harvesting, preparing and enjoying food together as a means of awakening their senses, cultivating a school environment that promotes a sense of pride and responsibility for our land and natural resources, and developing a love of fresh, seasonal foods.

Growing in Circles

Plantagon International’s new technology will provide enough water & food for everyone? Their proposed vertical farm in Sweden grows food on a moving spiral. By the time the plants get to the top, your produce is ready for picking.

Plantagon International is active in the sector urban agriculture and is a global innovation leader in vertical farming. Plantagon’s vertical greenhouse minimizes the need for energy, water and pesticides. The negative environmental impact of the greenhouses is very low, and since the products are delivered directly to consumers in the city, the transportation costs are also minimized. The concept is simple and appealing: daily fresh organic vegetables delivered daily directly to consumers. No middle hands, no yesterday’s food.


Urban Educator


Stephen Ritz, Uban Educator at  Bronx New Yok School talks about gardening on.

A celebrated classroom farm that yielded fresh produce and great jobs for students at a South Bronx public high school has been quietly shut down.

For two years, Discovery High School special education teacher Stephen Ritz used vertical garden plots known as “green walls” to teach science and technology.

He grew crops such as tomatoes and celery with his students, who sold some of the produce at school and donated the rest to a local food pantry. Lesson plans developed there are now used by the State University of New York.

“I’m disappointed….the kids loved it,” said Ritz, a veteran teacher, speaking out this week about the school’s termination of the Green Bronx Machine program last August. “It really took root because it cultivated minds and harvested hope.”

The city Department of Education referred questions to Discovery Principal Rolando Rivera, who failed to return repeated requests for an interview about why the program was shut down.

Ritz first began growing food with students years ago when he worked at Millennium Art Academy in Soundview. They cultivated plots at local community gardens. He created Green Bronx Machine at Discovery after meeting George Irwin of Green Living Technologies, a vertical garden manufacturer based upstate Ritz and Irwin set up green walls at Discovery, began growing veggies and developed a curriculum.

Meanwhile, students trained by Irwin through Green Bronx Machine snagged summer jobs installing green roofs. “We still get calls from all over the world to implement the program we developed in the Bronx,” he said. “We engaged students in science and math and gardening. We provided living wage jobs to young adults who society had written off. I don’t understand why the program was shut down.”

Ritz teaches troubled, low-income teenagers, but said every student who took part in the program has begun attending college or is on track to. “In the Bronx, we tend to eat not healthy,” said Discovery and Green Bronx Machine alumnus Nathali Soriano, 18, now at Monroe College. “But when you walked into our classroom, it had an organic vibe. It felt fresh. “Green Bronx Machine really put me on the right path,” said Soriano, an aspiring environmental lawyer. “It really helped me.”

The program won several awards and parents stopped by Discovery to buy fresh food. “Steve is a guy who can get people energized about healthy eating,” said state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, who attended a farmers market at Discovery. “He has proven he can get students to care about school. I hope that continues.”

Green Bronx Machine withered last August when Ritz was moved to a basement classroom and told to stop growing food at Discovery, he said. Ritz did not blame Rivera, who he said was a “tireless, dedicated” educator. But Ritz admitted he is disappointed about the fate of Green Bronx Machine and hopes to revive it elsewhere.