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Summer Meals & Fun Finder

When School's Out, Power up for Summer Fun! 
 

Let summer meals help your kids eat healthy and stay active. Many summer programs at parks, schools, libraries, and other fun, safe places serve healthy food to power kids and teens while they play and learn.

Children who eat healthy and stay active during summer will remember more of what they learned in school and be better prepared when they go back in the fall.

Summer meals help families save money. They are offered for free to all kids ages 18 and under. Simply drop by when meals or snacks are served – no sign-up or paperwork is needed.  Adults are welcome to bring their own meals and eat with their kids.

All kids and teens are welcome!

Find Places Near You:
(More are added weekly – check back often!)

   * Use the map below
   * Call 2-1-1 (Upstate), 3-1-1 (NYC) or 1-800-522-5006
   * Text "food" to 877-877

To Use the Map:

   1. Click Find Address or Place in the black search bar at the top of the map
   2. Enter an address, city, county, state, and/or zip code
   3. Click on any green dot for more information

This map is created and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A full-screen version is available here.

How Summer Meals Work:

  • Places and meals are state-approved for health and safety.
  • Kids and teens ages 18 and under (and young adults with disabilities under 21) eat at no cost.
  • Many places offer fun enrichment activities and learning opportunities.
  • Meals are eaten at the location they are served.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the New York State Education Department partner to bring meals to communities across the state.
  • All meals served meet USDA federal nutrition guidelines.
  • USDA reimburses local sponsors for summer meals served to kids and teens.

What might kids and teens eat?

Take a look at some sample menus from across New York.

Year round, families, singles and seniors may be eligible for other nutrition assistance programs and benefits. Connect with a local Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Coordinator.

For Community Members – How You Can Help

Spread the Word Now and Throughout Summer

Partner with a sponsor: Help raise community awareness of existing summer meals sites through your website and social media channels; bring enrichment activities to sites to complement meal/snack times; volunteer to deliver/serve; and more.

Summer Meals Button Graphics

Flyers and Pocketcards (English/Spanish)

Sample Email/Texting and Social Media Alerts

Gov. Cuomo's proclamation: July is Summer Meals Month

Share Resources to Plan for Successful Summers

It's always the right time to plan to bring more summer meals to your area! Scroll down to find details and linked resources to help your community's efforts this summer and beyond.

Are you interested in bringing summer meals to your community or summer enrichment program?

Many underserved areas could increase the places and weeks they serve. All sites are connected to and trained by a supervising sponsor.

Examples of under-tapped sites include housing communities, libraries, farmers markets, medical centers, summer recreation programs and museums.

Examples of tried and true sites include schools, faith-based organizations, public pools, parks, and camps.

Check with sponsors in your area to find out when you could start serving meals/snacks at your location.

Use the map above to locate potential community partners:

   1. Click Find Address or Place in the black search bar at the top of the map
   2. Enter an address, city, county, state, and/or zip code
   3. Click on the Layers button
   4. Click “FY16 Census Area Eligibility CACFP SFSP SSO” to determine nearby eligible areas. More locations may be eligible based on nearby school data; contact us to learn more.
   5. Click any other locations of interest in the layers list.
   6. Click on any layering icon for more information

Resources to Bring Summer Meals to Your Community 

Help Fuel Summer Fun! Add Value with Summer Meals flyer

Summer Food Service Program Sponsor Directory

Bringing Summer Meals to Libraries: To Be Well Read You Must Be Well Fed

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry School Calculator

FRAC Report: Summer Nutrition Programs Reach 1 in 3 Low-Income Children in NYS

FRAC’s Summer Nutrition Programs Implementation Calendars and Guide and national Summer Meals Matter Webinars and Conference Call Recordings 

NYS Education Department Child Nutrition Knowledge Center’s Guidance and Resources

USDA’s Outreach Toolkit

Reports from Partnerships Across NYS

Going Mobile to Increase the Reach of Summer Meals  

Reaching Rural Areas: Food and Health Network of South Central New York’s report