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Free Summer Meals in Your Area

For many of my students (and, perhaps, yours, too), the only reliable meals they might get are the free breakfast and lunch served while they are at school. This has been so for as long as I’ve been a teacher.

Currently, the Annie E. Casey Foundation estimated that, in 2018, approximately 14 million children (that’s 19% of the children under age 18 in our country), lived in a food insecure setting. In Louisiana and New Mexico, the numbers were the highest: as many as 28% of the children there lived without reliable meals at least some part of the year.

As a summer school teacher, I always worked in high-need areas, where my summer school site was also a summer feeding site. We served a lot of kids. As a classroom teacher, I always had food in a desk drawer, ready for someone who hadn’t eaten that day. And my schools always sent home extra food with a few students whose living situations merited an extra hand.

Children cannot learn if they do not have enough to eat. {Image credit: (c) Kim M. Bennett, 2019}

Did you know there are free summer meal programs all over the United States?

Below are links to tools for states that have local summer meal programs. Please click on your state to find where kids in your area can get food for the summer. Most sites offer food to any child under the age of 18 who visits the site. Some states have eligibility requirements.

Alabama : Break for a Plate
Alaska: Summer Food Service Program
Arizona: Summer Food Service Program
Arkansas: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance 
California: Summer Meal Service Sites 
Colorado: Summer Food Service Program 
Connecticut: End Hunger Connecticut! 
Delaware: Summer Food Service Program
Florida: Summer Breakspot 
Georgia: Bright from the Start 
Hawaii: Summer Food Service Program
Idaho: Summer Food Service Program 
Illinois: Rise and Shine Illinois

Indiana: Summer Food Service Program 
Iowa: Summer Food Service Program
Kansas: Summer Food Service Program 
Kentucky: Summer Food Service Program 
Louisiana: No Kid Hungry 
Maine: Summer Food Service Program 
Maryland; Maryland Summer Meals Sites 
Massachusetts: Summer Food Service Program 
Michigan: Summer Food Service Program 
Minnesota: Summer Food Service 
Mississippi: Summer Food Service Program
Missouri: Summer Food Service Program 
Montana: Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Nebraska: Summer Food Service Program 
Nevada: Three Square 
New Hampshire : Find Summer Meals in Your Community
New Jersey: Summer Food Service Program 
New Mexico: Meal Site Locator 
New York: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
North Carolina: No Kid Hungry NC 
North Dakota: Summer Meal Sites Information 
Ohio: Summer Food Service Program Clickable Map 
Oklahoma: Meals for Kids OK! 
Oregon: Summer Meals Map 
Pennsylvania: Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Rhode Island:   Find Summer Meals in Your Community
South Carolina: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
South Dakota: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Tennessee: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Texas: Summer Feeding Interactive Map 
Utah:   Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Vermont:   Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Virginia: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Washington: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
West Virginia: Find Summer Meals in Your Community  
Wisconsin:   Find Summer Meals in Your Community
Wyoming: Find Summer Meals in Your Community



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Mom of four, Nana to seven, homeschooler, special educator, and lover of all good things... striving to do His work every day.

2 thoughts on “Free Summer Meals in Your Area

  1. This is important information, and I’m so glad you’re sharing it. I always think it’s horrible when governments try to cut down on these initiatives in order to save costs – it penalises the most vulnerable. Good for you for trying to combat the problem – I am positive your students appreciate it 🙂

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