RIDE serving up free meals for kids in Cumberland

RIDE serving up free meals for kids in Cumberland

The Rhode Island Department of Education has kicked off its annual Summer Meals program, offering free meals for children and teens at several community sites across the state.

No identification or paperwork is necessary to receive a free meal, available for any person under the age of 18. The program operates roughly 200 sites across 15 local communities.

The following sites are serving up meals in Cumberland:

• Bradley School North, 7 Fatima Drive (Monday through Friday, 8-8:30 a.m. and 11:30 to noon, until Aug. 16.)

• Blackstone Valley Prep Elementary School, 291 Broad St. (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:15-8:45 a.m. and noon to 12:30 p.m.; July 17 to Aug. 9)

• Blackstone Valley Prep High School, 65 Macondray St. (Monday through Thursday, 7:30-8 a.m. and noon to 12:30 p.m. until Aug. 2)

The federal summer nutrition program is funded by the USDA and administered by the Rhode Island Department of Education. An area is eligible to open a site if at least 50 percent of the enrolled children in that district are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Last summer, 470,000 meals were served to children across the state.

For more information, call the United Way information line: 211.