Expect More Healthy Kids Summer Meals Events

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HARTFORD — For many children who depend on school breakfast and lunch programs, no school means no food. Hunger is most critical during the summer season, and in Greater Hartford, 1 in 6 kids struggle to get the food they need to stay strong and healthy.

This year, FOX61 Expect More HOPE and Panera Bread are partnering with Greater Hartford’s food bank, Foodshare, for Expect More Healthy Kids events.

A part of USDA’s federally funded Summer Meal program, Expect More Healthy Kids will give children 18 years and younger the opportunity to participate in basketball, baseball, track and other sports events throughout the region.  After each event, a healthy free lunch will be provided for all participants. No paperwork or pre-registration required.

Learn more about the Summer Meal program here and see a full list of this summer’s events below:

  • Mondays @ East Hartford High School in East Hartford
    (869 Forbes Street) 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
    July 10th Track & Field, July 17th Baseball, & July 24th Food Fun.


  • Tuesdays @ Parker Memorial Community Center in Hartford
    (2621 Main Street) 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    July 11th Basketball, July 18th Baseball, July 25th Food Fun, & August 1st Track & Field.


  • Wednesdays @ Slade Middle School in New Britain
    (183 Steele Street) 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    July 12th Basketball, July 19th Baseball, July 26th Food Fun, & August 2nd Track & Field.


  • Thursdays @ Arroyo Recreation Center in Hartford
    (30 Pope Park Drive) 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    July 13th Basketball, July 20th Baseball, July 27th Food Fun, & August 3rd Track & Field.


  • Fridays @ Bristol Public Library in Bristol
    (5 High Street) 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    July 7th Track & Field, July 14th Basketball, July 21st Baseball, & July 28th Food Fun.


  • Championship Event @ Parker Memorial Community Center in Hartford
    (2621 Main Street) 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Saturday, August 5th


Want to help in the movement? All summer, for every delivery Panera Bread makes to your home or office, twice the meals will be donated through Foodshare to kids who really need it. Visit delivery.panerabread.com to get started and help fight hunger in Connecticut!

FOX61 Expect More Healthy Kids is presented by FOX61 Expect More Hope and Foodshare in partnership with Panera Bread!