During the school year, approximately 303,000 Minnesota children receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. However, when the school year ends for the summer, these children may not have access to the nutritious meals they need.
The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children 18 and under to fill this gap.
Finding free summer meals for kids is easy! Meals served at the sites published on our Summer Meal Map are open to all children during their meal service times and dates and are completely free to kids under 18. Use the Summer Meal Map to find free meal site near you, or call 2-1-1 from a landline/ text 612-516-FOOD for locations!
Interested in learning more information about who can eat at meal sites (kids!), what they need to bring (nothing!), or what the requirements are (none!)? Click here for answers to your FAQs about SFSP meal sites!
Becoming a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program allows you to make a difference in your community and provide free meals to kids. In Minnesota you can learn more about becoming a sponsor by visiting the Minnesota Department of Education SFSP website or by calling Jenny Butcher, SFSP Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Education at 800.366.8922. For more information on becoming a SFSP sponsor in Wisconsin please contact Amy Kolano, SFSP Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at 608.266.7124.
Thanks to our partners and supporters, Second Harvest Heartland is thrilled to be able to offer grant funding to new and experienced SFSP sponsors. Click here to find out more about 2013 grant opportunities and to apply. With questions on the grant application or process, contact Child Hunger staff at 651.403.6060.
Additional grant opportunities may exist through the Silent Hunger Grant Program. For more information on eligibility and application information please visit gotbreakfast.org.
If you are looking for resources such as outreach materials and fact sheets to help increase the participation at your meal sites click here for brochures, tool kits, resources and information.