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Photo courtesy Prince William County schools

School systems in Fairfax, Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park are providing free breakfast and lunch to any child under 18 through the summer.

The four school divisions are participating in the USDA Summer Food Service program, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health. In most cases, children don’t have to attend the school or participate in the free/reduced lunch plans to receive free meals.

In Prince William County, the following schools will offer breakfast and lunch, beginning at some schools as early as June 17. Click here for a full list of schools, dates and times.
 
In Fairfax County, most summer meal programs begin June 17, offering breakfast and lunch at schools and community centers in Alexandria, Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, Annandale and Vienna. Click here for a list of locations and times.

Manassas Park City Schools, in partnership with the Manassas Park Community Center, will also provide summer meals starting June 24.

Meals will be served at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St., Monday through Friday from June 24 to Aug. 9. Breakfast will be served between 9-10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The service will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5.

Manassas City Schools also participate in the program, but have not yet announced dates and times for summer meals.

(12) comments

insidebugging

That's great use our tax money to buy some other person's kids lunch.

realitycheck2

Spoken like a true Christian. I'm sure Jesus would have chased them away from his table if they came looking for a free meal because they couldn't afford it. Let me guess, they all really can afford it, right?

CCW

"Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?" Mathew 7. Why not ask your question to a few of the homeless (including veterans and elderly) that beg at many, many intersections in Prince William County? Are you hungry? Has Prince William County offered you anything to eat? Or have they ignored you or gazed down and tossed you a stone? There is plenty of validity to the comment that PWC is spending taxpayers money to feed children that belong to parents that damn well can afford to feed them themselves. Hence if you want to slam Christians around with "reality checking" when is the last time you noticed any, even a few immigrants (illegal or otherwise) panhandling in PWC?

InsideCommenter

You got that one completely right to all these other asinine keyboard warriors, that rely on whataboutism, to hide their own selfishness and cruelty. You talk about throwing stones and use the bible to support your hypocrisy, you are throwing stones at these children by letting them starve, food insecurity is a real abject issue affecting citizens throughout the nation! And then this jack*** Leroy, who talks about the U.S. and his hatred of helping others, it is precisely because of how interfered in Central America, and how he shipped gang members to unleash them on communities there that we are presented with this problem. Grow a heart Mr. Grinch!

CCW

Charity begins at home. Albeit spoken like a typical liberal it appears to you that kind of thinking is the gauge of a person's selfishness and cruelty whereas taking care of everyone else's self created crisis and messes at the expense of your own flesh and blood is the right best humanatarian thing to do. That no less coming from the hearts of a nation now saturated with International Socialistic standards of elitists and politicians that believe throw away babies and old people are normal. Put more simply if you are so determined to right all of these wrongs on behalf of yourself then hop on a plane to these far away places we've (America) has ravaged and do your thing there on your dimes not mine here in my country which still comes first not last!

InsideCommenter

You don't know me or what I do in my personal life, as a Sikh great organizations like United Sikhs and Khalsa Aid have scanned the globe to war zones, and many poor countries and helped to assist the poor in their time of need. And this is not to proselytize or find new converts but to help the poor for the sake of improving mankind. I don't believe in bragging and boasting myself charity is truly great, but not all charities are good plenty of charities lie, and scam donors, and some areas like education, and healthcare on a long term scale cannot be fully provided by charities due to the sheer scale of it. You talk a big game, and then continue to blame the poor for their situations, some factors are in their control, however many factors are not in their control, such as the effects of policies like "redlining", inequalities in school districts, food deserts, and systemic issues that have a major impact on people in poverty and are not in their direct control. Then you go on about infowars inspired concepts about "international socialistics" and their ilk, then you further talk about my country should be first like you own the place. What you say is a pile of crap, and has no basis in reality, but in delusions of grandeur propagated by a steady stream of brainwashing, meant for your demographic. Racial anxiety about illegals as evidenced by your comment history, and fear of change drives you to say outrageous and ridiculous things without thinking about the long term health and success of our nation. You should stop commenting on InsideNOVA so much and focus on more constructive things in your life. Your arguments are straight up nonsensical and read like a middle aged to elderly man afraid of the outside world.

Soily

From what I understand of the Bible, a true Christian would give their own money to the poor, not other people's money. Are you doing your share, or are you just letting others do it with their taxes. Also, unemployment in Prince William County is 2.2%. There should be very few families that can't afford to feed their own kids. Paying for lunches during the summer (or anytime for that matter) subsidizes employers who are reluctant to pay their employees a living wage.

Leroy Brown

America MUST be the world police, and food provider for any and all services. AT the expense of the American (legal) taxpayers expense.

realitycheck2

Given that the United States often meddles in other countries' affairs and strips them of their resources to the point of economic, social and political collapse, I'm not sure we have the right to talk about providing for other countries. Just how many democracies have we overthrown?

InsideCommenter

You got that one completely right to all these other asinine keyboard warriors, that rely on whataboutism, to hide their own selfishness and cruelty. You talk about throwing stones and use the bible to support your hypocrisy, you are throwing stones at these children by letting them starve, food insecurity is a real abject issue affecting citizens throughout the nation! And then this other fellow, who talks about the U.S. and his hatred of helping others, it is precisely because of how interfered in Central America, and how he shipped gang members to unleash them on communities there that we are presented with this problem. Grow a heart Mr. Grinch!

Citizen52

Looks like the kids are out of school and working on their parents’ keyboards. This issue has nothing to do with the Bible or kindness to little children. It has everything to do with NOVA schools boards and administrators wanting to appear humane by using our tax dollars unwisely. There is such a thing as birth control. If you can’t afford children, don’t have them, but don’t expect others to plan their families wisely and pay for yours. Free meals should only be provided to those who have fallen on hard times, not to those who can afford to pay or those who’ve been irresponsibly reproducing.

toomanypeople

This is hard to believe. Is the food being prepared on-site or is it delivered? Either way, it seems very wasteful. The families of these kids should be issued a short-term food voucher.

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