If your children rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year, summer meals don't have to be a challenge.
Summer Food Service or Summer Meals Program fills that gap by providing free nutritious meals and snacks at locations in your community. But, believe it or not,
only 12% of eligible children participate in the summer meals program―many of which also offer free and fun recreational and educational activities.
Parents, grandparents, caregivers: find free summer meal sites near you!
How to get kids to and from summer meal sites?
Getting to meal sites is often half the battle. Convenience is a key factor in determining whether you or a caregiver can take your children to a free summer meal site. For this reason, many summer feeding sites have transportation solutions to bring children and meals together. Free bus passes, mobile feeding sites, and free rides are available in many sites across the country.
Contact your local summer feeding site to see if there are transportation solutions in your area.
Give your child a healthy body and a healthy mind.
As parents, you cannot allow for your situation to impact your children's physical or mental health―especially when there are resources available to help.
children feeling isolated, ashamed or embarrassed by their lack of food? Some children, for example, are old enough to grasp the concept of receiving free or reduced-price school or summer meals; others are far too young. Have conversations about the importance of a full and balanced diet.
Fight the stigma! By visiting a summer meal site and seeing many other children there, your child will know he or she is not alone.
Editor's note: During the school year, any student attending a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program can receive a meal. Children from low-income families are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Learn more and find out who is eligible for free and reduced-price school meals here.