July 6, 2017
Children who are age 18 and younger can eat for free at meal sites around Vermont this summer.
You can find the locations of the many Summer Food Service Program meals here. On your phone, you can also text “food” to 877877 to find the meals that are served near you. You don’t need to register or fill out paperwork to participate.
When school lets out, nearly 40,000 children from low-income households lose access to the school breakfasts, lunches, and afterschool snacks or meals they receive during the school year. Summer meal programs help fill this gap by providing free meals and snacks to children who might otherwise go hungry.
Summer meals are also paired with activities that keep kids active while they are getting essential nutrition for their developing brains. Studies show that when children don't get proper nutrition, they fall behind their peers academically when returning to school in the fall.
This program is funded by the USDA.