We know that when kids and teens have consistent access to healthy food, they have the fuel they need to grow and thrive. That is…
We know that when kids and teens have consistent access to healthy food, they have the fuel they need to grow and thrive. That is why we are excited to announce that free and healthy summer meals are available to kids and teens 18 and under across our community this year – all summer long! Please spread the word that enjoying summer meals can save families time and money and help support our community.
Summer Meals Program Details:
What are summer meals programs?
Summer meals programs are funded by the USDA and designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under with healthy meals during the summer months when school is out of session.
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 or registration required to receive a meal. You do not have to provide proof of income, residency, or citizenship. Just show up!
Do meals have to be eaten on-site?
Yes, due to federal regulations, all meals must be consumed on-site. Children can take one fruit, vegetable, or grain item from their meal off-site to eat later.
Is there a cost?
No. All summer meals offered through the USDA’s programs are free to all kids and teens ages 18 and under.
What kind of food is served at these sites?
The meals served are healthy and meet USDA guidelines. A typical lunch, for example, could include a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, milk, an apple, and a salad.
How do I find a summer meals site in my community?
Visit mdsummermeals.org or text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 to find free meals near you.
What else can I do to help?
You can share information about free summer meals with your friends, neighbors, and family members using these sample social media posts.