City and Partners Launch Free Summer Meals for Philadelphia Kids
Philadelphia – 6/29/17 Mayor Kenney joined the Office of Youth Engagement’s (OYE) Fun Safe Philly Summer Initiative, as well as a number of nonprofit partners, to celebrate and promote access to summer meals at various sites throughout the City.  During the music- and activity-filled event, the City provided information and resources for the children, youth and families in the community to enjoy with the purpose of highlighting the various ways residents can access these services.

“Providing meals for our children that receive meals at school during the school year encourages a healthy summer,” says Mayor Kenney.  “Summer meals and the accompanying programming are key to having our kids ready to learn at the start of a new school year in the fall.”

Summer Meals is a key part of the OYE-led Fun Safe Philly Summer initiative (FSPS). FSPS supports Philadelphia’s free summer meals program in a number of ways, all with the aim of increasing the number of youth who can access free meals during the summer, as a significant number of youth who take advantage of free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year do not have access to summer meals. In addition to alleviating summer hunger, free summer meals also ensure nutritious and varied meals are given to Philadelphia youth, as all USDA-funded meals must meet federal nutrition guidelines.

“Food insecurity is a major issue not just in our city, but in our country.  Too many of our children and youth are going hungry, especially during the summer months,” said Ricardo Calderon, Director for OYE.  “Thankfully, in our city we have incredible individuals and organizations that work year-round to help support these young people.  Due to the collective effort from the federal, state and local levels our children can receive meals at various sites throughout the city.”

Families can find the nearest summer meals site by calling the toll-free Philly Summer Meals Hotline, 1-855-252-MEAL (6325), texting “FOOD” to 877877 or by visiting the searchable map at www.phillysummermeals.org.  There are more than 1,000 places in Philadelphia that serve free meals and snacks to kids and teens age 18 and under. There are no income requirements, ID, or registration in qualifying areas.  Sites include recreation centers, churches, schools, public housing complexes and community organizations.

The summer meals partners are as follows:
•    Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
•    Pennsylvania Department of Education
•    United States Department of Agriculture
•     Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
•    Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
•    The School District of Philadelphia
•    Get Healthy Philly, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
•    American Dairy Association
•    The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia

FSPS’s work around summer meals includes convening quarterly meetings with Philadelphia area stakeholders and conducting outreach to raise awareness of the program. FSPS acts as a local convener providing a forum for stakeholders to share best practices

 

Purple Queen talkes to Mayor Kenney on supporting our fellow Muslim Philadelphians shortly after the release of this statement.
Mayor Kenney Issues Statement on Syrian Families Turned Away from PHL Airport
PHILADELPHIA – Mayor Kenney issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order that caused two Syrian families to be denied entry to the United States upon arrival at PHL Airport. The executive order is expected to cause several more immigrants to be turned away from PHL in the days to come. This order is carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, in an area of PHL Airport that is controlled by U.S. Customs Border Patrol; airport personnel have no authority in this area.”I am sickened by reports that federal officials, without knowledge or cooperation of PHL Airport staff, detained and then turned away two Syrian families. By several accounts, these families waited months to obtain the proper documentation so they could come to our country legally. And still, they were sent back to a war-torn nation that has used chemical warfare against its own people. The Trump administration very well may have just given these families a death sentence.Banning immigrants and refugees is not only unjustifiably cruel, it also puts Americans at home and serving abroad at great risk. By refusing to allow entry to any immigrants from these seven nations, even those who have helped American troops as interpreters and fixers, we are enabling anti-American radicalization and endangering the lives of many.History has taught us that dark moments like this occur when we allow fear to silence our compassion and better judgement.  Our city has welcomed approximately 260 refugees in recent years from these now-banned nations. We must speak out strongly against this executive order so that these new Philadelphian friends and families can also find safe harbor in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

KAWANZAA WITH MAYOR KENNEY HE SINGS SO BEAUTIFULLY

Mayor Kenney Spoke at City’s Commemoration for 50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa 
The Mayor accepted the symbols of Kwanzaa on behalf of Philadelphia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the holiday.  It was a wonderful experience celebrating Kawanzaa with a siting Mayor who is Irsh and fully accepting to other cultures.  Mayor Kenney even took the time to sing with our very own Purple Queen.