Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) FAQ

The free summer meal program makes sure kids have access to free healthy meals over the summer when they are not in school. Proper nutrition is important over the summer, so kids can return to school healthy and ready to learn. Free summer meal sites are located throughout the United States and throughout the state of Minnesota. Kids can drop by these meal sites during their meal service times and eat for free!

New text: All kids 18 and under can eat for free at any of the meal sites that can be found by using the “Free Meals for Kids” app.

Starting early July, you can also use the following to find a meal site:

  • Call the 2-1-1 United Way Hotline or from cellphones call 651-291-0211 for the Twin Cities Metro Area, 800-543-7709 for Greater Minnesota, or 651-291-8440 for TTY
  • Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479) for English or, available from Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Central Time
    • Para español, llame a: 1-877-8-HAMBRE (426273). Disponible lunes a viernes de 6 de la mañana a 9 de la noche.
  • Text “Summer Meals” to 97779.
    • Para español, mande un mensaje de texto que dice “Verano” a 97779.

This is an open meal program which means you do not need to call ahead, sign-up, or fill out paperwork! If you are 18 and under, you can simply show up and eat!

No. There are no required documents or paperwork needed. You will not be asked to fill out any information at the meal site.

This depends on the meal site. Each meal site can serve up to two meals per day (example: Breakfast & Lunch, Snack & Dinner). Check on the “Free Meals for Kids” app or call the meal site near you to find out which meals they are serving, and what time the meals are served.

Meals are often bundled and include breakfast and lunch and may be for multiple days. The specific meal menu varies depending on the site.

Meal service times are different for each site. To find out what time meals are served at a site near you, look at the “Free Meals for Kids” app, or call the meal site directly.

Meals are for children 18 years and under only. Parents are welcome to come with their children and sit with them while they eat. Some sites offer meals to parents at a reduced price.

With current COVID-19 health considerations, many meal sites are serving to go meals and allowing families to take them home. Many sites are also serving bundled meals to minimize exposure, and parents and caregivers are often allowed to pick up meals for kids who are not present.

There are hundreds of meal sites across the state, and each meal site is a little different. Some meal sites are large and some are small. To find out more information about a specific meal site, call the meal site directly and ask to speak with someone about the free summer food program for kids.

You are welcome to attend any meal site. All meal sites listed on the “Free Meals for Kids” app are open and will serve meals to anyone 18 years old and under. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.

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