The SFSP, commonly known as summer meals, provides free meals and snacks during summer to low-income children ages 18 and younger at gathering places like parks, libraries and community centers. Not only do children benefit from the meals, but from enrichment activities that keep them learning and engaged.
Summer meals help to bridge the nutritional gap that occurs during summer when school meals are unavailable. More than one million low-income students statewide rely daily on school meals, but far fewer have access to summer meals. On an average July day in 2015, approximately 288,500 children – just 30% of those who rely on free or reduced price school lunch – ate at a summer meals site through the SFSP.