Kids Summer Meals

Kids Summer Meals

School's out, but hunger isn't. What are we doing to help local kids?

Kids Summer Meals (also known as the Summer Food Service Program) is a USDA program that ensures that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

The Food Bank sponsors this program in our 34-county service territory by providing feeding sites with breakfast and lunch at no cost. Community-based organizations operate these feeding sites at schools, churches, and youth centers.

2016 was our eighth year administering this program. More than 8,200 kids received nearly 270,000 breakfast and lunch meals from 180 sponsored sites. That's an increase from 2015, when the Food Bank sponsored 136 sites, serving almost 190,000 meals to more than 6,000 children.

Watch the video below to learn about how we served catered, hot, and nutritious meals to children through this program last summer.

Read the full story on our blog, Hunger Matters.

For Partner Agencies

If you are a community-based organization providing services to primarily low-income children, you may be eligible to become a feeding site for the Kids Summer Meals Program!

The application period for Summer 2017 has closed. Thank you to those who will be partnering with us to provide daily meals to thousands of children this summer.

Questions? Contact Mercedes Sanders at msanders@foodbankcenc.org or call 919-863-9528.


For Parents

If you are a family in need, your child may be eligible to receive free meals at a summer feeding site near you. If you are interested in having your child take part, please view the Kids Summer Meal Participating Site Locations flyer and call ahead to confirm dates and times.

Kids Summer Meals

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  • Feeding America
  • NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks
  • United Way Partner Agency
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  • AIB International Member