Summer Meals – Arizona Food Bank Network

What are the summer meal programs? Summer meal programs are funded by the USDA and are designed to provide healthy meals to children and teens under the age of 18 during the summer months when school is out of session.

What are the requirements for my child or adolescent to receive a meal? Do I have to fill out an application form? No application or registration is required to receive a meal. You do not need to show proof of income. Just came!

Can parents / guardians pick up meals on behalf of their children? Yes, parents and guardians can pick up meals on behalf of their children at certain locations. Call the site in advance.

Does it have any cost? No. All summer meals offered through USDA programs are free to all children and teens under 18 years of age.

We receive a P-EBT card in the mail to help with grocery shopping. Can we still pick up the summer meals? Yes! P-EBT benefits and summer meals are two separate programs and families can participate in both.

How do I find a summer food site in my community? Visit the map link in the orange button above or text FOOD or FOOD to 877-877 to find free meals near you.

What kind of food is served at these places? The meals served are healthy and meet USDA guidelines. A typical lunch, for example, will include a turkey sandwich with wheat bread, milk, an apple, and a salad.

There is nowhere in my area. What can I do to make sure one is available for children in my area next summer? If there are no summer food sites in your community, we can help. Email No Kid Hungry at bestpractices@strength.org.

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What else can I do to help? You can share information about free summer meals with your friends, neighbors, and family. Share the texting hotline (“Text FOOD or FOOD to 877-877 to find free summer meals in our community”)

Who pays for free summer meals? Summer meal programs are federally funded by the USDA through the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option.

Do you have any other questions? Please contact alexander@azfoodbanks.org

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