FAQs ABOUT SUMMER MEALS

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.

The Heart of Summer Meals

August 8, 2018Corazón is the Spanish word for “heart,” and Corazón Community Services team members have huge hearts for the youth they serve meals to through the Summer Meals program. Corazón operates Fuerza Youth Center in Cicero, IL, and has participated in the Summer Meals program since 2007. For many kids, Fuerza is a second home. “The […]

Extending the Reach of Summer Meals

July 23, 2018The New Bethel M.B. Church in East St. Louis is a sponsor of the Summer Meals Program and has five sites under its sponsorship. Serving Summer Meals since 2000, “it’s our sustainability that I am most proud of, that we have been able to maintain in all these years. I didn’t see that at the […]

Keeping Up with the City of Evanston’s Summer Meals Program

July 23, 2018No Kid Leaves Hungry, a feature story on the City of Evanston’s Summer Meals Program appeared in the 2017 July edition of the Rise & Shine newsletter. Since then, Evanston’s Kenneth Cherry is back at serving the community through the Summer Meals Program. Serving over 200 kids daily, the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center continues to be a […]

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