Kids Summer Meals Program Provides Breakfast, Lunch When School’s Out

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The Kids Summer Meals program provides breakfast and lunch for children who depend on school nutrition programs.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina reports that more than half of all the children in its 34-county service area depend on the meals provided by their schools as their primary source of food. While school cafeterias are closed over the summer, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina works with community partners to serve meals to thousands of North Carolina children through its Kids Summer Meals program, which receives funding from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA Summer Food Service Program helps make nutritious breakfasts and lunches available to children in safe and supportive environments such as churches, schools, community centers and summer camps. This summer, the USDA program will fund more than 200 million free meals for children 18 years and younger at approved SFSP sites. No registration or proof of income is required for children to receive these free meals.

The summer meals program runs through Aug. 25. Find meal distribution sites near you in the following ways:

  • Visit the USDA website and enter your address or zip code under “Find Sites” on the map
  • Call 1-866-3HUNGRY
  • Text “FOODNC” to 877-877

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina also has a list of local sites on its website. Meal sites change throughout the summer, so be sure to check lists often or call individual sites to confirm. 

Families wishing to support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina can contribute any amount to their Stop Summer Hunger campaign.


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