Summer Meals: Food, Friends and Fun

Frequently Asked Questions


What are summer meals programs? Summer meals programs are a federal child nutrition programs funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under healthy meals during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.

What are the requirements for my child or teen to receive a meal? Do I have to fill out an application form? There is no application necessary to receive a meal and you do not have to show proof of income. Kids and teens ages 18 and younger can just show up at a summer meal site during the site’s hours of operation.

Is there a cost? No. All summer meals offered through the USDA’s programs are FREE to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger.

How do I find a Summer Meal site in my community? Summer meals sites are in the community at safe, supervised places like churches, schools and community centers. For more information, search this website by zip call, call 1-800-359-2163 to speak to someone, text FoodIL to 877-877 to find a site near you.

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

Do summer meal sites offer activities? Many sites offer fun learning and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment. To find out the type of activities offered, call the site.

What else can I do to help? You can share information about free summer meals with your friends, neighbors and family members.

Who funds free summer meals? Summer meals programs are funded by the USDA through the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program and are administered by the Illinois State Board of Education

Have other questions? Please contact US here.

Congratulations 2018 Summer Meal Program Grant Recipients!!!!

June 25, 2018Rise & Shine Illinois in partnership with No Kid Hungry provided grants to help organizations expand access to and participation in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported and Illinois State Board of Education administered Summer Meal programs. The following Sponsors were awarded mini-grants up to $5,000 to help with equipment, transportation, and other […]

Valley View’s Summer Food Truck

June 20, 2018  Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook is one of six total stops on Valley View School District 365U summer mobile meal route. Valley View’s summer mobile meals started in 2017, serving Bolingbrook and Romeoville. The mobile routes: 3 in Bolingbrook and 3 in Romeoville serves anywhere between 400-800 meals a day. It was a natural […]

2018 Summer Meal Grant Application Open

February 21, 2018  The Summer Meals Program grants cycle has opened! Grants will help organizations expand access to and participation in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported summer meal programs. To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program visit the USDA’s website.   Mini-grants up to $5,000 are to be used for equipment, personnel, transportation, and other […]

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