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News Briefs 7/19/2012


Free Summer meals for kids


The city’s free summer meals for kids program is up and running

at over 1,000 sites around the five boroughs, operating weekdays through August 31.

The program provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch to every child without any paperwork requirements. All your kid needs to do is show up and they can receive a healthy meal. The only requirement is that they are 18 years old or younger.


Meal locations are spread throughout the city’s community centers, parks, pools and many public schools. We encourage parents to take advantage of this important opportunity and to help spread the word.

“These healthy summer meals are available in safe, child-friendly locations throughout our communities and there are no barriers to discourage participation,” said City Councilman Al Vann. “I hope every pastor, every camp counselor and every block association president will help spread the word so that not a single child spends a summer day hungry.”

A list of all the local places supplying the free meals is available by calling 311 or texting NYCMEALS to 877-877 or logging onto

Ft. Greene Pk Literary Fest



The 8th annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival will present a free outdoor reading at 3 pm, August 18.

The event features young writers between the ages of 7-18 reading alongside of three very distinguished writers of rich cultural backgrounds: Jessica Hagedorn, Tayari Jones and Earl Lovelace.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Laurie Cumbo, director of the acclaimed Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). The event is free.

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