No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Eligibility Map

No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Eligibility Maps

The map below provides important information about geographic eligibility for summer meal programs. 

No Kid Hungry Non-Congregate Summer Meals Rural Eligibility Map 

The No Kid Hungry Non-Congregate Summer Meals Rural Eligibility Map will show you if your area meets or potentially meets USDA’s definition of rural for the purpose of qualifying to provide non-congregate summer meals in FY2023. To view this map, click the “Layers” button on the primary map toolbar, select the layers called “USDA FNS Rural Designations” and “Potential Rural Pockets,” and deselect all other map layers.

This map contains two layers of information. The first layer shows USDA’s SFSP county-level classification; rural counties appear in green and non-rural counties appear in yellow. The second layer shows areas within the yellow, non-rural counties that could be categorized as a rural pocket using alternate government definitions. These areas, called Potential Rural Pockets, appear as bright green or dark green cutouts on the map.

Map Legend - Rural Designation

 

Map Legend - Potential Rural Pockets

Potential Rural Pockets are areas deemed rural under one or more of the following alternate categorization schemes:

  • RUCA (Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes, a measure of rurality that draws on population density, urbanization, and daily commuting)
  • RUCC (Rural-Urban Continuum Codes, a measure of rurality based on degree of urbanization and adjacency to a metro area)
  • UIC (Urban Influence Codes, a measure of rurality based on the size of an area’s largest city or town and its proximity to metro and micropolitan areas)

Areas deemed rural under RUCA appear as bright green cutouts. Areas that may qualify as rural under RUCC or UIC appear in darker green.

For more information about these alternate categorization schemes, see this guide.

To get more information about a specific location, navigate to the area on the map or enter a local address in the search bar. Click anywhere on the subdivision of the map that your site is located in to pull up a pop-up that shows you relevant data about the area. If your site is located in a bright green potentially rural area, the pop-up will contain a field titled “Potential Rural Pocket” that will contain one or more of “RUCA”, “RUCC”, and/or “UIC”, corresponding to the categorization scheme or schemes under which your area has been deemed rural.

Below the "Potential Rural Pocket" field, the pop-up will also contain specific information on how the area has been classified under RUCA, RUCC, and UIC. Note that the popups contain multiple pages of information. You can toggle between these pages by clicking on the arrow at the top of the popup.

No Kid Hungry Averaged Eligibility Map

The No Kid Hungry Averaged Eligibility Map will show you if your summer meal site or day care home is located in an area eligible location based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s averaging policy. To view this map, select the map layer labeled “Area Eligibility w Rural Designations'' and deselect other map layers. Note: If the Area Eligibility map layer is turned on but you can't see it, try zooming into the county or city level of the map.

To get started, type the address of your day care home or summer meal site into the search bar at the top of the map. Look at the color (orange, blue or gray) of the Census Block Group (CBG) that your address is located in on the map.

Area Eligibility Map legend

Addresses located in the orange CBGs meet the 50 percent free and reduced-price eligibility requirement and are area eligible. Addresses located in blue CBGs are area eligible through the use of averaging and with State agency and FNS Regional Office approval.

To view data on the CBG in which your day care home or summer meal site is located, click on the map near the address (within the same color area) and a new popup window will appear. The popup window contains data pertinent to the area eligibility determination as well as information about the USDA urban/rural and potential rural pocket designations explained above. The data available in the popup window will not appear in the search result box with the address. You may need to zoom out in order to view data on surrounding CBGs. 

Please note if this map is turned on along with the rural map layers described above that you may need to scroll through multiple pages of information to see this information. You can toggle between these pages by clicking on the arrow at the top of the popup.

The user’s guide will help you interpret the map and show you how to use the data provided in the map to submit a request to your state agency to get your site formally designated as area eligible. 

View the Averaged Eligibility Map User's Guide

The No Kid Hungry Average Eligibility Map has been updated with FY23 data.