For the 1.6 million NYS students who may rely on healthy school meals, time off from school can mean coping with food hardship. Fortunately, some sponsors of afterschool and summer meals have the option to serve meals on weekends and during school breaks. With winter and spring breaks approaching, we urge sponsors to explore the opportunity to serve meals during those times.

Participating sites can offer breakfast, lunch, supper or a snack, up to one meal and one snack per child, per day. Regular program requirements apply, including those regarding location, programming and meal patterns.

Visit SummerMealsNY.org and AfterschooMealsNY.org to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Current SFSP or CACFP sponsors interested in expanding meal service to weekends and/or school breaks can contact their state agency representative for more information.