Twenty-one million children depend on free and reduced-price meals during the school year. During the summer months these same children could be going hungry because of lack of regular access to food. The Summer Food Service Program is intended to fill in the gaps between the school year when children are at a higher risk for food insecurity. The meals and snacks are free to all children 18 and younger and there is no registration process. It’s not just lunch that is offered through this program. Some sites offer breakfast, snacks, and even supper.
In Utah, there are 38 sponsors operating 218 sites throughout the state this summer. To find a site, visit the State Office of Education website http://schools.utah.gov/cnp/Summer-Food-Service-Program.aspx or call 1-866-3-HUNGRY. If you feel a site is needed in a certain area, let one of the existing sites know, or contact the state office http://schools.utah.gov/cnp/Contact.aspx.
Please help promote this important program. Promotional materials have been created and are available free of charge at http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/raise-awareness.