This toolkit gives state administrators, program operators, and community partners creative ideas and resources to make summer meal planning easy, raise awareness, overcome barriers, and serve nutritious food that is appealing to children.
The Summer Food Service Program, also known as the Summer Meals Program, was established to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. When school is out, SFSP provides free meals to kids and teens in low-income areas. The fact sheets (in English or Spanish) provides information about how SFSP works and what you can do to participate in Summer Meals.
[As Amended Through PL 116–94, Enacted Dec. 20, 2019]
It is hereby declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the states, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of foods and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.
Learn how you can help feed children this summer by incorporating youth engagement. The goal of the webinar is to provide examples of how the youth can not only participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), but also give back to their community by volunteering and advocating for the program. The webinar consists of a brief overview of the program, specifics on how youths can get involved, and some best practices!
Help feed children when they are out of school whether for summer break or afterschool when classes end.
Join anti-hunger advocates, state nutrition agencies, elected officials, and current summer meals sponsors to talk about the best ways to get more people and organizations involved with summer meals starting today. Feeding hungry children and teens this summer takes planning and coordination and we need your help now.
USDA Food and Nutrition Service Programs for Out-of-School-Time Providers.