Free, nutritious meals are available this summer to children who receive free or reduced-price school meals. The meals are provided by Summer Food Services Program, funded by the federal government.
Visit this site to see if there are participating locations in your community. Or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) (for English), or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish) between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Or text FOOD to 877877 and then enter your zip code. You’ll get a message with information about the closest summer food site. Meal sites can be schools, churches, community centers, health clinics or other facilities.
The Summer Food Services Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s administered by states. Local organizations manage the programs, but the food is paid for by the Department of Agriculture.
The Summer Food Service Program was first created as part of a larger pilot program in 1968. It became a separate program in 1975.
In many areas, the summer food program is held in community centers, camps, health clinics, hospitals, churches and other locations. If you are involved in an organization and you’d like to take part in helping to feed children this summer through the USDA program, this toolkit will help you get started.Subscribe to Triangle on the Cheap