More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program during the school year. During the summer months, however, only only about 2.3 million receive free or reduced-price meals due to a lack of access to meal sites and awareness of the program.
The Feeding America Summer Food Program seeks to meet the needs of low-income children facing hunger in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session. Summer Food Programs are meal or snack-based programs typically reimbursed through the USDAs Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Food Banks often employ innovative distribution models, such as Picnic in the Park programs, which are designed to fill the gap in services for children during the summer months.
Last year Feeding America food banks served more than 5 million meals to more than 138,000 children during the summer.
Does Your Local Feeding America Food Bank Operate a Summer Food Program?
Use the Food Bank Locator to contact your local food bank and find out what it is doing to solve hunger in your community.
Need More Information?
For additional information on the Summer Food Program or any of Feeding America child hunger programs contact the programs team.