Summer Food Program Concept
While over 21 million children participated in the free or reduced priced school meal program in 2013, 3.5 million children received meals during the summer months, largely due to the lack of local programs.
To help meet the nutritional needs of children during the summer months, several of our food banks operate summer feeding programs.
The mission of the Summer Food Program is to meet the needs of hungry children in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when other resources are not available. Summer Food Programs may be meal based programs, typically reimbursed through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), or may be innovative distribution models that are specifically designed to fill the gap in services for children during the summer months.
- Provide nutritious, healthy meals, food packages, vouchers and/or snacks to children at-risk of hunger in the summer months when school is not in session.
- Distribute food in easily accessible and safe environments.
National Program Data
- Last year, 131 member food banks participate in the summer food program
- The Summer Food Program nearly 8 million meals were distributed to children through Feeding America food banks.
Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Summer Food Program?
Use the Food Bank Locator here to contact your local food bank and find out what they are doing in your community.
Need More Information?
For additional information on the Summer Food Program or any of Feeding America’s child hunger programs please, contact the programs team.