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USDA Summer Food Service Program Benefits Students in Three MCC Programs

This summer, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children at approved Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites, including MCC. Thanks to support from a $142,465 USDA grant, participants in three MCC programs will receive nutritious meals between July 3 and Aug. 11, 2017.

Nearly 900 children who participate in Horizons at MCC and the Healthy Hero Summer Camp will receive free breakfast and lunch daily under the grant. Both programs put children on the path to academic and personal success while introducing them to a college experience. Another 32 students, participants in MCC's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Residential Summer Institute, will receive three meals per day made possible by the grant.

Horizons at MCC is a six-week summer enrichment program for low-income Rochester City School District (RCSD) students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Established in 2011, the program helps prevent summer learning loss by reinforcing reading, writing and math skills. Horizons at MCC is made possible by supporters of the Monroe Community College Foundation, Horizons National, and the RCSD. The program runs from July 5 through Aug. 11.

Now in its fourth year, the Healthy Hero Summer Camp helps children from eight RCSD schools stay physically and intellectually active. From July 3 to Aug. 4, the camp will educate more than 700 children in math and language arts and provide sessions on nutrition, character development, music, drug and alcohol avoidance, team building and decision-making. The camp is made possible with the generous support of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and Glover-Crask Charitable Trust in partnership with the MCC Foundation.

In its third year, the EOP Residential Summer Institute is a grant-funded program serving the needs of full-time MCC students who are academically and economically disadvantaged. Counseling and tutorial services along with instruction in technology, financial literacy, coping/survival skills and participation in a community service project are provided to help students with the transition to college. The institute is funded by the State University of New York in partnership with MCC and the MCC Association. Thirty-two students will participate in this year's four-week program which will run July 7 through Aug. 4.

Monroe Community College is an equal opportunity provider.

Remegia Mitchell
Strategic Resource Development & Grant Management