Today I visited a nearby park with our boys to learn more about the Summer Food Service Program.
The boys were each offered a pretty impressive sack lunch, no questions asked. With the help of the Summer Food Service Program, there is no need for the children in your life or your community to go hungry this summer.
The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritionally balanced, high quality meals when school is not in session. Free and nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved Summer Feeding Sites.
— The USDA Food & Nutrition Service website
For Lunch Today: a warm breaded chicken patty, a white hamburger bun, a mayo and mustard packet [minor sandwich assembly required], an apple, a bag of pretzels, a small container of snap peas, a small container of salad, and plastic utensils. The boys also had their choice of plain or chocolate milk.
As the observing parent, I came away with a good example of a balanced and healthy meal I could re-create at home.
I so love and stand in awe of these boys.
I’m grateful for the service SFSP is providing to hungry children. Imagining any child going hungry all summer long is heartbreaking, and with a program like the Summer Food Service Program, there’s just no need for them to.
The parents, older siblings, and loving adults in these children’s lives may not know when and where they can go to eat this summer.
Raising awareness can be as simple as customizing this printable Summer Food Service Program doorhanger and distributing them where you live.
For more information and materials to help you find
FREE nutritionally balanced meals for children in your area, visit or call:
USDA Food & Nutrition Service: Summer Food Service Program
Utahns Against Hunger: Summer Food
The National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY / 1-877-8-HAMBRE [Spanish]