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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.


Presenting the 2015

School’s Out Food’s In Webinar Series

Sponsored by the Arby’s Foundation

Summer can be a challenging time for families, both financially and physically. Across the country, state agencies, schools, community organizations and the USDA are taking action to help expand access to Summer Meal Programs this summer. This webinar series provides a variety of insights to improve program delivery and promotion, along with tools to help guide your work and examples of ideas and innovation in action.

See the full series descriptions and registration links.


Summer 2013: Action and Impact

*Data shows increase of meals in 2013 compared to 2012. SFSP data provided by USDA; grants data provided by grantees.

Learn more about what happened in No Kid Hungry Campaign and Ally states on our 2013 Summer Results page