Free meals available to Idaho children through Summer Food Service Program

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Credit: USDA Food and Nutrition Service

IDAHO — Idaho families can access free meals and snacks for children ages 1-18 through the state’s Summer Food Service Program.

Meals will be available at various summer meal sites, which are operating now. To find the site closest to you, text FOOD to 877-877, call the Idaho Care Line at 2-1-1, or go to the USDA’s Find Meals for Kids map here.

“This program does so much more than provide healthy meals,” Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said. “Making our schools a central hub –even during the summer months –keeps Idaho’s students and families engaged in our educational communities. And, as we all know, although our kids take a break for the summer, hunger certainly does not.”

This program helps the Idaho State Department of Education bridge the summer nutrition gap and ensures that students are happy, healthy and ready to learn. It serves meals in areas of greatest need, with food provided by sponsors who are reimbursed for each meal they serve.

In 2021, 58 sponsors served more than 4.1 million meals and snacks at more than 250 sites across Idaho. The program has no income requirements, and anyone under 18 can receive these free meals with no questions asked.

Meal sites offer games and reading activities for children as well. You can learn more about the Summer Food Service Program here.

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