During the school year, thousands of students eat free or reduced-price meals at school. When school is out and kids aren’t receiving that food, they face higher risks for hunger and malnutrition. The Summer Food Service Program was created in 1975 to help to fill that gap, providing kids with the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer.
There are more than 1,000 places in Philadelphia and surrounding areas throughout southeastern Pennsylvania that serve free meals and snacks to kids and teens age 18 and under. There are no income requirements or registration in qualifying areas. Sites include recreation centers, churches, schools, public housing complexes and community organizations. A listing of sites located in Philadelphia can be found here. To locate sites throughout the SEPA area access a map of Pennsylvania that shows the location of federally-funded summer food programs; call the Summer Meals Hotline at 855.252.MEAL (6325) or text “mealpa” to 877877.
If you are coordinating a program for children this summer you can apply to serve as a summer food site. Find out how.