Ensuring Access to Healthy Food – All Year Round!
Learning and good nutrition does not end when school lets out. The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps provide nutritious meals to children in low‐income areas so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow. To learn more about sponsoring a feeding site in your community, go to www.summerfood.usda.gov
Many children around the country depend on free or reduced-price meals, served through schools, for proper nutrition. When school is not in session, some children may not get a well-balanced meal. The Summer Food Service Program provides these children with the same nutritious meals received during the school year. Meals are served at no charge to children 18 and younger during the summer months. School districts and other eligible sponsors may serve as summer feeding sites.
According to the Food Research and Action Center, only about 16 percent of kids who eat free or reduced-price school meals also receive meals during the summer. That means that 14.7 million students who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year do not have access to them when school is out.
How to Get Started
Dairy MAX has a variety of resources to support the implementation of the Summer Food Service Program including seed money in the form of grants. For additional information on Dairy MAX's opportunties in Texas, Oklahoma or New Mexico, click here to complete an information request form.