Summer Eats

Feeding kids while school is out

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Free summer meals for kids and teens

When school lets out for summer, kids lose access to a critical source of their daily nutrition — school breakfast and lunch. To fill the gap, Project Bread and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education work to ensure students in Massachusetts can continue to access healthy meals. The Summer Food Service Program, Summer Eats, allows kids experiencing food insecurity to have a nutritional safety net for summer.

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2021 Impact

69,593 more free meals

served to kids in July 2021 compared to 2020

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What you need to know

School Meals are free for all students this school year

Free School Meals are available in schools across Massachusetts this school year, for all students, regardless of income through June 30th, 2022.

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The Facts

262,000 kids lose access to meals during the summer as of 2019.

You can help more locations in MA provide Summer Eats to kids.


We’re grateful our kids receive free school lunch, but during the summer, providing an extra meal a day for each of my kids can add up quickly! My family has really been helped by having Summer Eats in our town.”

Shannon, mom, Chatham, MA