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Summer meal programs feed hungry kids when school is out

The USDA just posted an article on the importance of nutritious lunches in and out of school…

USDA is vigorously preparing to fill the nutrition gap faced by millions of kids across the country. While 21 million of our sons and daughters receive free and reduced-priced lunches during the school year, only a small percentage participate in the summer meals programs, leaving too many of our most vulnerable without a nutritious meal.

To support the efforts we wanted to remind everyone of the summer meals programs and to remind you to remind your clients and constituents. The USDA has a number of ways to help…

Find Free Summer Meals for Children in Your Community
Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) and a live operator will tell you where the closest sites serving free, nutritious summer meals are located.  Or visit to locate sites using an online map.

Summer Meals Toolkit
The Summer Meals Toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations interested in serving as Summer Meal champions in their communities at any level of program administration. The toolkit is web-based, and includes seven ‘mini-toolkits’ targeting specific audiences and topics.

Schools, Organizations, and Local Government Entities
Learn how to become a SFSP site or sponsor and serve free summer meals to hungry children in your community.  Current SFSP sponsors can visit our Managing SFSP page to learn how to improve program operation and get the latest policy memos.

Raise Awareness in Your Community
Learn how you can spread the word about free summer meals in your community.  Our resources include customizable fliers and handouts, an innovative strategies library, training videos, and radio PSAs.  You don’t need to be a site or sponsor to use these resources; anybody can help raise awareness of summer meals!

Innovative Strategies
Need a few ideas to kick-start a good summer program? Here are some suggestions, followed by examples of activities and initiatives that State agencies have undertaken to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

Contact Your State
Contact your State agency to apply to become a sponsor, to become be a summer feeding site, or to learn about the many ways you can get involved with summer meals.  Although SFSP is a federally-funded program, you State is responsible for administering the program and will be able to answer all your questions.


Training Videos
Watch and listen to SFSP sponsors, sites, volunteers, and state agencies from around the country talk about how they got started with SFSP and what it has meant to their community.


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