Serving Massachusetts

Summer Eats

All Kids + Teens Eat Free

Welcome to the summer of yum

Find a Summer Eats Site Where All Kids + Teens Eat Free

Summer Eats is a totally free-of-charge program that provides free meals to all kids and teens, ages 18 and under, at locations all across Massachusetts during the summer months.

Summer Eats is just getting started

New sites are being added to the map weekly!

Check back often for new site locations as well as updated information about when meals are being served.

Find a Summer Eats Meal Site

Click on a location to learn more!

You can also view our Summer Eats site list here

About Summer Eats

Welcome to the Summer of Yum!

Summer Eats livens up every kid’s summer by filling their bellies and filling their days with activities that get them out, up, and moving.

Brought to you by Massachusetts' Department of Education, Summer Eats sites across the state provide free meals to all kids and teens, no identification or registration required. Caregivers can rest easier knowing meals are off their hands, and use that time and energy to focus on everything else on their to-do list.

Meals are provided for kids and teens to eat on site, some locations now offer grab & go meals! Learn more in the FAQ's below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Eats is a federal nutrition program designed to ensure that all youth (18 and under) have access to healthy meals and snacks during the summer, when school is not in session! Free meals are available to all kids and teens at hundreds of sites across the state. Find sites, days, and times using the map above.

All kids in Massachusetts, ages 0-18, can receive free meals at any Summer Eats site listed on the map above.

It depends on the site. Due to recent changes in federal regulations, many locations will now allow caregivers to pick up meals for children and take them home. Contact the organization or school district who operates the site you would like to attend (listed on the map as the Sponsoring Organization) to find out if they are allowing this.

It depends on the site. Due to recent changes in federal regulations, Summer Eats sites may now serve meals in a grab & go fashion, and it is the decision of the organization or school district who operates the program. Many sites will choose to serve grab & go meals.  Contact the organization or school district who operates the site you would like to attend (listed on the map as the Sponsoring Organization) to find out if they are serving meals to-go.

It depends on the site. Due to recent changes in federal regulations, Summer Eats sites may now serve multiple meals at once, to be consumed for the next day or several days. The organization or school district who operates the program decides how many meals they will give out at once. Contact the organization or school district who operates the site you would like to attend (listed on the map as the Sponsoring Organization) to find out if they are serving multiple days of meals.

Nope! At all Summer Eats sites listed in the map above, kids and teens can just show up and receive a free meal! No one will check an i.d. or ask any questions.

You can go to any Summer Eats site on the map, it doesn’t need to be in the town you live in. The sites on the map are often updated, so check back to see if sites become available at locations closer to you. 

Absolutely not. No identification will be asked for in order for a child or teen to receive free meals through Summer Eats at any of the sites listed on the map.

Some do, some don't. Many sites strive to include programming or activities for their participants, in addition to providing free meals, but this is on a site-by-site basis. To find out more about activities at a particular site, contact the organization or school district who operates the site you would like to attend. You can also show up in person and ask the staff! 

The exact meals served vary by location and are usually prepared by the sponsoring organization in the community. A combination of breakfast, lunch, snack and/or supper may be provided. All meals served in Summer Eats must meet nutrition standards established by the USDA. Fruits and vegetables are provided with every meal, along with whole grains. Contact the local sponsoring organization if you have questions about the exact menus served.

It is likely that the site will be able to provide a meal that is free from allergens for the child to eat, but they will need to know in advance to prepare accordingly. Contact the organization or school district who operates the site you would like to attend and ask whether they are able to accommodate the specific allergies and let them know which site/meal times you would like to attend.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Massachusetts as Summer Eats, is a federally-funded, state-administered program. Summer Eats program operators receive federal reimbursement for the free healthy meals and snacks they serve to children and teens while school is out.

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Our Partnership

Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program partners with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to ensure free meals are accessible to kids and teens across Massachusetts through Summer Eats.

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