During the academic year, hundreds of thousands of New Jersey children rely on school meals for the nutrition they need to grow, learn and be healthy. In the summer, these same children often find themselves without enough to eat, as families struggle to survive on tight budgets.
The federal Summer Meals Food Service Program, administered through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, fills that meal gap.
Free summer meals are available to children and teens ages 18 and younger at safe places like schools, parks, churches and other sites in your community.
Free Summer Meal Details:
- Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to an open summer meals site or through mobile meals.
-Food served is healthy and follows federal nutritional guidelines.
-Summer meals sites are at fun, safe places for kids and teens to be active and visit with friends.
-No application, ID or proof of income is needed. You can just bring your child to an open summer meals site in your community.
To find meal sites near you, visit summerfoodrocks/sitefinder.org , text “food” to 97779 or call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry.