Program Description

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, healthy meals to children in low-income communities when school is not in session.

General Program Requirements

All children and teens (age 18 and under) who visit an approved SFSP feeding site can get free meals. No registrations or applications are required. Meals are also available for people with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for the mentally or physically disabled.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations nationwide throughout the summer while school is out of session. No registration or applications are required to receive Summer meals. Use the mapping tool to find a site near you. 



Program Contact Information

For more information, visit Summer Food Service Program's homepage.

To contact the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, visit FNS's Contact Us page.


To contact the State Agency that administers in the Summer Food Service Program in your state, visit the Food and Nutrition Service's website where program and state contact information is provided.

If you need food help today, you may also call the National Hunger Hotline. Hotline staff can help you find food near where you live:

  • 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)
  • 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (en español)

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.559
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Funding TypeMandatory
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal/Non-Native Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo

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