Children can visit the main hospital's first floor café Monday through Friday to receive free breakfast and lunch, just by asking for the "Summer Meal Deal."
Andre Parker, a food production cook at Duke Raleigh Hospital, said getting to serve free meals throughout the summer is special to him.
"As a child, it was programs like this that provided me with numerous meals that I would not have otherwise received," Parker said. "I know its value and am proud to be a part of it."
This is the hospital's first year as an official sponsor of the North Carolina Summer Food Service Program, a federally-assisted initiative that provides meals to children and teens who face food insecurity when school is not in session.
Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. and includes choice of cereal, scrambled eggs or toast, fruit and milk. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and includes a choice of protein, grilled cheese or PB&J with at least two servings of fruits, vegetables or grains and milk.