The Summer Meal Program refers to the free meal program offered during summer months that provides nutritious meals to all children at no charge, regardless of income, race or religion.
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act better and feel better. The Summer Food Service Program helps children get the nutrition they need during the summer. During the school year, more than 18 million children receive free and reduced-price meals at school. During the summer, that number drops to about 3 million.
Summer Food Service Programs provide nutritious breakfast and lunch meals to all children and, when coupled with recreation and tutoring programs, are of a great benefit to them.
Are there any qualifications to participate in the Summer Meal Program?
Any child between 1–18 years of age will receive a meal at no charge! Adults can purchase a meal for the minimal charge of $3.00.
Do I need to register my child to participate? What are your rules?
No, registration is not required. Those wishing to eat a nutritious breakfast or lunch should just come to a summer meal school during serving times.
The rules are simple:
How is the Summer Meal Program incorporated in the new School Wellness Policy?
All the meals we serve complement the new School Wellness Policy. Our department has always been ahead of most school food service departments when it comes to high nutritional standards. In fact, if the School Wellness Policy had been implemented 3 years ago, our menus would have met all requirements!