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June 15, 2018
Top 3 ways to provide Summer Eats to kids

Summer Eats provides free meals to kids and teens in Massachusetts over summer vacation. It is a vital resource for the more than 400,000 kids who rely on school meals for their breakfast and lunch. Here are the top 3 ways that you can provide Summer Eats to kids in your community.

1. Become a Sponsor

A sponsor administers the summer meal program for one or more meal site.

A sponsor may be a:

  • school district
  • local government agency
  • faith-based organization
  • camp
  • private non-profit organization
  • or something else entirely!

Sponsors are responsible for all financial and administrative aspects of the program including hiring, training, and supervising program staff, monitoring sites, arranging for meals to be prepared and delivered to sites, and submitting reimbursement claims to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). But to the kids, you are their summer hero!

2. Host a Summer Eats Site

Summer Eats sites are commonly hosted at: 

  • pools
  • parks
  • schools
  • community centers
  • religious organizations
  • libraries
  • housing authorities
  • farmers markets
  • and more!
While sponsors are responsible for coordinating the financial and administrative aspects of the program, meal site supervisors are responsible for serving meals while following USDA guidelines and recording the number of meals served. Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program can help you determine if you are eligible to host a meal site.

3. Promote Summer Eats

Getting the word out about Summer Eats is one of the biggest barriers that prevents a kid from getting the meals they need over the summer. You can encourage youth in your community to participate and and let parents know about the program!

Help us spread the word that Summer Eats are meals provided free of charge to children and teens 18 and under. No registration or I.D. necessary. Just find a site near you, and drop in! The closest Summer Eats site can be found in the following ways:

  • Visit: www.meals4kids.org
  • Text: "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877
  • Call: 1-800-645-8333 (Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline)
  • Download: the "SummerEats" App for iPhone and Android

Please note that the 2018 Summer Eats sites will not be updated until the last weekend in June.

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Author(s): Project Bread's Child Nutrition Outreach Program

Filed under: News and Events, Children and Schools