NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - For many kids, summertime means two things: fun and friends.
But when school's out, that also means some families can't count on their kids eating meals at school, and already tight family food budgets have to be stretched even further.
Parents also know that growing kids have big appetites.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across New Orleans similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids who come to a registered summer meals site.
Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger and food served at summer meal sites follows USDA nutrition guidelines and are paid for by the USDA.
Parents don't need to apply to the program to get a free summer meal for their kids.
They can simply bring their child to a summer meals site in their community and their kids can enjoy it without the hassle of having to fill out an application.
Locations in New Orleans include the Algiers Regional Library at 3014 Holiday Drive.
Meals there are served Monday through Thursday between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and anyone interested should look for the Second Harvest Food Bank truck.
Another option is the Alvar Library at 913 Alvar Street, where meals are provided Monday through Thursday between noon and 1 p.m.
Each location will have hot meals, milk, fruit and snacks for anyone 18 years and under.
Parent/guardians do not have to be present in order for the children to receive a free meal.