Newton, NC – Catawba County Social Services reminds parents that several locations in Catawba County are participating in this year’s Summer Meals Program, which takes place when school is out from June through August.

The Summer Meals Program is a federally assisted program that provides free, healthy meals to economically disadvantaged children and teens during the summer. All children 18 and under are eligible for the free meals, and no registration is required.

There are three easy ways to find a Summer Meals site near you: text “FOODNC” to 877-877; call 1.866.3HUNGRY (1.866.348.6479); or visit

“Lack of nutrition during the summer makes students more likely to fall behind during the school year and experience health issues.” said Catawba County Social Services Director Karen Harrington. For more information about the Summer Meals Program in Catawba County, call Catawba County Social Services at 828.695.5600.