The Summer Meals Program Means Kids and Teens Eat Free!

School is almost out and children need to get balanced, nutritious meals during the summer months.  The Summer Food Service Program (or "Summer Meals Program") provides free meals and snacks to all children and teens (ages 18 and under) in June, July and August when school is out.  Not only does this ensure that your children aren't missing out on the nutrition they need this summer to learn, play, and grow, but it also helps you stretch your food dollars until the next school year begins!

The Summer Meals Program is FREE, and you do not need to fill out any applications or forms for your child.  They can simply show up at participating sites during meal times to receive the nutritious meals they need to enjoy the summer and return to school ready to learn.  Local sites include schools, community or recreation centers, churches, libraries, and other places in the neighborhood.  Some places may even offer learning and recreational activities so your child can play in a safe, supervised environment.

To find a Summer Meals site in your area:

To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program in Maryland, visit:

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