Summer Food Options
Are there children in your community that depend on the School Breakfast and Lunch Program to receive meals during the school year? Are you looking for ways to help feed your children now that school is out for the summer? Learning does not end when school lets out, and neither does the need for proper nutrition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered with State government agencies, schools, public and private human servicing agencies, and faith-based organizations to provide you with various options to assist you with providing nutritiously-balanced meals for your family in or out of school.

GovBenefits.gov is highlighting a few of the programs available to assist with feeding your children. General information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for these programs can be viewed by clicking on the links provided below.

Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school. For more information, visit the Summer Food Service Program.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods and providing basic nutrition education. For more information, visit the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. For more information, visit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Another program of interest:
SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange)
SHARE is a non-profit food and community network that promotes volunteerism, while distributing over 10,000 packages of food each month. SHARE allows you to purchase $30-$35 worth of food products for $16 and two hours of volunteer service in various communities throughout the USA. There are no income restrictions. To find out if there is a local SHARE distribution center in your area you may visit http://www.sharedc.org; email lewiss@catholiccharitiesdc.org; or call 301-864-3115 or 1-800-21-SHARE.