Kids Summer Meals

Kids Summer Meals




Want to help feed kids in Summer 2019? Get started at our Kids Summer Meals interest meeting! 

WHEN: December 7, 10am-noon
WHERE: Raleigh Branch 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh NC 27604
RSVP: msanders@foodbankcenc.org by Nov. 21



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 by providing feeding sites with breakfast and lunch at no cost. Community-based organizations operate these feeding sites at schools, churches, and youth centers. One program director, Delores, explains on our blog, “We know that for many of the children, this will be the only meal they have for the day.” 

2018 was our 10th year administering this program. More than 5,300 kids received nearly 168,000 breakfast and lunch meals from 117 sponsored sites. This was also the first year that Food Bank CENC worked with 2 AmeriCorps students from NC State, whose focus was serving in rural communities. They implemented special activities (physical and educational) for the kids in these counties, and supplied additional support.

Apply now to be a Kids Summer Meals site in 2018!

  • All sites (including site that operated under our sponsorship in the past) must complete an application
  • The application period closes on March 31, 2018
  • Two ways to complete the application (pick one):
  1. Print the application, fill it out by hand, fax to Mercedes Sanders at 919-954-8427 
  2. Save the application to your computer, fill it out electronically, email to Mercedes Sanders (msanders@foodbankcenc.org)   

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 2018 will begin December 1, 2017 and run through March 2018. Interested in joining us?

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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