Fun Safe Philly Summer Celebrates Second Year of Successful Free Summer Activites and Meals

Philadelphia, December 5, 2013 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that Fun Safe Philly Summer, the City’s collaborative initiative to provide summer programming and free meals to young people, served 3.4 million meals through the Summer Food Service Program, and promoted approximately 25,000 available summer programming opportunities for summer 2013.

“It is vitally important that young Philadelphians have access to fun and enriching activities to help them gain academic and social skills, but it is particularly important for young people to be active and engaged in the summer months,” said Mayor Nutter.  “I am proud of the continued success of Fun Safe Philly Summer.  In its second year, it maintained the 25% summer meal service increase from 2012 and connected thousands of young people to program options, helping them spend their time productively all summer long.”

This summer, the Mayor’s Office partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Radio One, VILLA, the Philadelphia Urban Creators, the Philadelphia Union, the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and others to host seven “Pop Up” events across the City. These events included a soccer clinic, a pool party, free ice skating and free musical performances. The second year of Fun Safe Philly Summer “Pop Up” events, free events in neighborhoods across the city, engaged almost 2,000 young people throughout the summer.

“I was raised in South Philly, not too far from Chew Playground.   I know these kids and it’s great to be a product of this community and see the faces of the kids as you give back, its priceless” said John Tabourn, Director of Group Sales and Experiences, Philadelphia Soul.

Dan Raudabaugh, Philadelphia Soul quarterback added, “It’s great to see the kids enjoying themselves having an opportunity to give back like this is great for our team too.”

The Fun Safe Philly Summer campaign encourages participation in the Summer Food Service Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture federally-funded program serving breakfast, lunch and snacks to children 18 years of age and younger.

Fun Safe Philly Summer partnered with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services, Philadelphia Housing Authority, Department of Public Health, and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and provided 3.4 million meals at 1,365 sites from June 17 through August 31, 2013.

Anne Ayella, Assistant Director for Non-Governmental Programs and Community Relations at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Nutritional Development Services (NDS) said, “NDS is always so pleased to partner with the City and others in ensuring a Fun Safe Philly Summer for the children in our care. We are grateful for the leadership of the City administration in bringing us together to provide fun activities, as well as, sharing info about the healthy summer meals for the children of our area. The brightly colored yard signs were so effective this year!”

“It is vital that Philadelphia’s young people have access to fun and safe summer activities. That, coupled with access to free lunch and snack through the Summer Food Service Program, aids in year-round success, which sets children up for future successes,” said Susan Slawson, First Deputy Commissioner for Recreation.

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Fun Safe Philly Summer is an Office of Mayor Michael A. Nutter, city-wide, partnered initiative to provide Philadelphia youth with programming and opportunities to stay active and engaged all summer long.  To find, available programming, fun, free activities and a summer meal location near you, log on to www.funsafephillysumer.com or follow FSPS on Twitter @PhillySummer.

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