The Summer Food Service Program provides free summer meals to eligible kids age 18 and younger. Federal funding is made available to eligible sponsor organizations to provide meals and snacks to children during the summer months when school is not in session. SFSP sponsors can be schools, camps, government entities, private non-profit organizations, or colleges participating in the National Youth Sports Program. Nationally, the SFSP serves 2 million children per day.
However, the SFSP is not reaching most children in need. In Virginia, more than 300,000 kids who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year are not receiving a summer meal. A large part of the problem is awareness. According to a national survey of low-income families, less than 40 percent of families knew where to find a summer meals site.
To find out more information about how you may access meals over the summer, please click on the image below to visit the Summer Food Service Program site where you can search for participating locations.