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Free Summer Meals for Kids

Summer Meals

Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being.  During the summer children are at a higher risk of both obesity and hunger.  Summer meals programs, which include the Summer Food Services Program and the Seamless Summer Option/National School Lunch Program, provide free summer meals for kids and can become an important source of nutritious food for children and youth during this time.  Offering free, nutritious meals also provides an incentive for children to participate in summer enrichment programs, which means that children are not only well-fed, but in a safe environment engaged in academic and recreational activities.

Text to Find Summer Meals

In partnership with USDA’s National Hunger Hotline and with the support of the Arby's Foundation, No Kid Hungry provides a free texting service to help families find information about summer meal sites near them. Texting offers convenient, real-time access to local summer site information. Families in need text ‘Food’ to 877-877, and receive a text back with the address and program information for sites closest to them, or information about how to find food resources in their area. All are welcome and encouraged to include information about the texting service on their outreach materials; read more and see examples of materials and tips for conducting outreach

First Book Resources for Summer Meals Sites

Let’s keep summer fun! First Book and Share Our Strength have teamed up to add a helping of new, low-cost books to your summer meals programs. The new Healthy Kids Summer Book Bundle includes 25 books for $80 and was made possible by C&S Wholesale Grocers. You can also access a set of free downloadable resources to make it simple for you to connect summer reading with meals and engaging activities. To access this opportunity and more, follow the steps below.  

  1. If you haven't yet, register with First Book to access the online marketplace. 
  2. Go to the Summer Resources page and find the right resources for your program. 
  3. Keep kids coming back to your site, excited about reading and eating!



        Summer 2014: Action and Impact

        *Data shows increase of meals in 2014 compared to 2013. SFSP data provided by USDA; grants data provided by grantees.

        Learn more about what happened in No Kid Hungry Campaign states on our 2014 Summer Results page