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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)
* Text "food" to 877-877
To Use the Map:
1. Click Find Sites on the map
2. Enter an address, city, state, and/or zip code
3. Click locate
4. Click on any blue 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.
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 USDA Capacity Builder map to:
· Check site eligibility of a specific location
· Locate potential community partners
· Find summer meals sites from previous summers
· Identify local community resources
Resources to Bring Summer Meals to Your Community
NYS Education Department Child Nutrition Knowledge Center’s Guidance and Resources
USDA’s Outreach Toolkit
Reports from Partnerships Across NYS