Summer Meal Sites Provide Healthy Meals at No Cost to Low-Income Kids and Teens
Children need consistent access to nutritious foods to grow, learn, and thrive.
USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FSN) believes no child should go hungry because they lose school meals during the summer. Historically, about only 1 in 6 children who are eligible for free and reduced price school meals are served by traditional summer meal sites.
USDA’s nutrition support for healthy kids doesn’t stop when the school year ends – it continues all summer long. We owe it to our children to give them the best chance for success, which includes keeping them nourished and healthy year-round.
Starting this year, USDA summer meal programs can serve more children, especially in rural communities where meals can be provided through pickup or delivery, rather than serving and eating them at group sites.
USDA summer meal programs work together to connect every eligible child with nutritious food: at a site, on the go, and at the grocery store. Their summer programs provide:
– Group meal service at central locations, often with enrichment activities for kids to enjoy
– Grab-n-go or home-delivered meals in some rural communities
– Food benefits for families to purchase groceries
Families can find a meal service site near them by texting “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744, calling 1-866-348-6479, or visiting https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids.