Free, nutritious meals are available to children this summer through the Summer Food Services Program, funded by the federal government. Children do not need to feel out any forms.
Visit this site to see if there are participating locations in your community. Or call 1-866-3HUNGRY, 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, because it is in our country’s best interest for our children to not go hungry.
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.