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Getting Enough to Eat in Summer


Getting Enough to Eat in Summer

For some children, the best meal – and, sadly, sometimes only meal – they receive each day is school lunch. So what happens to these kids when school lets out for summer?

Many school districts across the nation offer free lunches during the summer to ensure that all children are being met with their nutritional needs. The USDA Summer Food Service Program is “a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas at no charge primarily during the summer months when school is not in session.” The program typically is not limited to low-income families; any child or teen under 18 years of age can participate.

Meals are served in a safe and supervised environment, most often at schools, parks, community centers or churches.

To learn more about the SFSP and to find the site nearest to you, visit According to the website, the USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.