Summer Meals Kickoff

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about making sure children have access to healthy meals while school is out. Children who experience hunger in the summer are more likely to suffer from health problems and “summer learning loss,” which interfere with academic success.

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To close that gap, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.

Any child age 18 and under may go to a designated summer meal site and eat for free. This summer, meals will be served at various locations around the country, and the USDA is always seeking new partners to help spread the word and participate in the program.

For more information about helping ensure meals are available to low-income children in your community, visit the Summer Food Service Program page.

Also see the Economic Benefits of Summer Food interactive map.


  1. The gfood stamp program is pretty generous. I don’t have a job, yet I had to pay taxes. You want a summer meal program on top of Food Stamps? Sorry I just can’t afford that.

  2. Very good idea. Definitely it will cater to the needy children in the country to boost their health and future healthy citizens. But the meals should be enriched with adequate calories according to their ages.

  3. I would love to see these summer programs in all Title I schools. As an administrator in such a school in Marietta, GA., who could give me really clear and succinct information as to how I can assist our students in need?
    Please help

    • Thanks Marlena for the comment. There are multiple ways a school administrator can take part in summer meals programs. The first step is to call the agency in your state that administers the program, which is Bright From the Start, Department of Early Care and Learning at Phone: 404-656-5957. Ask them if your school district already operates as a ‘sponsor’ of the program. If they do, you can operate your school as a summer site. If not, you can begin the process to apply as a ‘sponsor’ of the program, and operate your school as a feeding site, but discuss the possibility of overseeing other locations in your community. For other organizations and schools interested in getting involved with summer meals, please contact your state agency for more information: Good Luck!

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