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Meals distributed to PreK kids, but expansion is needed

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:20 PM


Chef Chip Panico’s mission is keeping PreK kids fed and nourished. The School District of Philadelphia is providing free meals to students during the school year and the shutdown – but what about families with children aged 6 months to Pre-K?


Thanks to funding secured by It Takes a Village to Feed One Child, a nonprofit that provides meals to children, Panico is able to distribute meals to those young ones in need. On Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families will be able to pick up meals from sites like Children’s Place Longshore and others to keep their child nourished.


Last week, about 120 kids received three meals each during the two days the tent was set up at Children’s Place. Panico is distributing meals at four locations throughout the city, including Over the Rainbow Preschool at 4301 Tyson Ave., which will also be distributing meals to families of the center on a similar schedule.

It’s a good start, but Panico wants to expand. Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program, he’s contracted to distribute meals only at sites he’s already contracted to work at, and only to children who are signed up to use that center.


“Kids that aren’t in these centers that live in his neighborhood – how are they getting fed?” Panico said.

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