Summer Eats

The best summer meal programs combine a healthy meal with activities such as physical activity, arts, and educational lessons.

With the help of our community partners and policy makers, we promote the summer meals program, Summer Eats, to serve free meals to kids and teens while school meals are on summer vacation.

The Problem

1 in 3 public school students who rely on school meals may not know where to turn when summer vacation begins.

Our Solution

Summer Eats serves free meals to kids & teens while school is out

  • The Summer Food Service Program, known as Summer Eats in Massachusetts, is a vital resource for the more than 400,000 children across the state who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals during the school year.
  • The meals and program provided at Summer Eats sites helps to ensure that children have continued access to nutritious food during the summer months and can return to school healthy and ready to learn.
  • Summer hunger can lead to learning loss & weight gain, putting low income youth at a disadvantage when they return to school in the fall.

Find a Summer Eats site

  • 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

How you can help


Last summer (2017), Summer Eats served an average of 60,000 meals each day to kids across the state. But the program is only reaching 15% of the children who could benefit from Summer Eats. You can help open more Summer Eats sites for kids this year. Donate today.

Project Bread provides annual grants to support these programs statewide thanks to funding from Partners HealthCare Foundation, Share Our Strength, and our generous supporters—like you!

For communities seeking to expand their summer meals programming, resources are availble at www.meals4kids.org/summermeals.