Summer break is almost here! While learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who are well nourished in the summer return to school ready to learn in the fall. The USDA Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education and sponsored by local schools, cities, and community organizations, provides free meals to children when school is out.
Over 500 summer meal sites, also known as Summer Meal MeetUps, will operate across Iowa from June through August. All kids and teens, ages 18 and younger, can receive a meal for free, no identification or sign-in is required. In addition to a meal, many sites will offer fun learning and recreational activities, so kids stay active and spend time with friends.
Plan for a nutritious summer today! You can find a summer meal site near you, including in Iowa and in states across the US, using one of the methods below. Meals, days and times vary by location, so check your local site for availability. Spread the word to family, friends, and neighbors!
- Text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877
- Call 2-1-1, 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-866-3-HAMBRE
- Visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
Summer is a time for food, friends, and fun! Take the stress out of providing nutritious meals in the summer months by participating at a site near you! See you this summer!
Written by Stephanie Dross, Iowa Department of Education