Free Summer Meals for Kids
NOTE: Thank you for your interest in summer meals for kids in Philadelphia! This website will be updated on June 17, 2013.
Kids eat free all summer in Philly! Here's what you need to know:
What are summer meals?
There are more than 1,000 places in Philadelphia that serve free meals and snacks to kids and teens age 18 and under.
Sites include recreation centers, churches, schools, public housing complexes and community organizations.
How do I find my nearest summer meals site?
- Call the toll-free Philly Summer Meals Hotline: 1-855-252-MEAL (6325) (Starting June 17, 2013)
- Text "MEAL" to 84700 (Starting June 17, 2013)
- Visit www.phillysummermeals.org (Starting June 17, 2013)
Who can get summer meals?
Kids and teens age 18 and under. There are no income requirements or registration in qualifying areas.
Why are summer meals important?
During the school year, thousands of low-income students eat free or reduced-price meals at schools. But when school is out and kids aren’t receiving that food, children face higher risks for hunger and malnutrition. Summer meals help to fill that gap, so kids have the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer.
Can I start a summer meals site in my community?
If you plan to work with children age 18 and under this summer, you may qualify to serve them free meals.
For more information on how to start a site, contact Nutritional Development Services: 215-895-3470 option 1.
Spread the Word!
No kid should go hungry in Philadelphia this summer, with more than 1,000 sites offering free summer meals.
- E-mail family, friends and neighbors about summer meals
- Download summer meals flyers for your community
- Contact: 1-855-252-MEAL, email@example.com
Summer meals are made available by the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option. Philadelphia sponsors include the Department of Parks & Recreation; Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.