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

FAU Organizes Eighth Annual Summer Food Service Program

BOCA RATON , FL (April 27, 2007) – As summer draws near, students at the Florida Atlantic University Weppner Volunteer Center are preparing for their annual Summer Food Service Program. The program is 70 percent funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Education, and provides meals for eight 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 650 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.

The camps participating this year include: Boys and Girls Club, G.A.T.E. Salvation Army, Milagro Center, City of Deerfield at Park Ridge Elementary, Youth Activity Center, Pearl City Cats and West Side Park Recreational Center.

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. Checks may be made payable to the FAU Foundation / Summer Food Program and sent to:

FAU Weppner Volunteer Center, UC 207
777 Glades Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Donations also can be made online at universityadvancement.fau.edu. For more details, contact Sara McHale at the FAU Weppner Volunteer Center at 561-297-3607, or smchale@fau.edu.

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