Meals for Kids

2016 Summer Meals Madness iHeart, Fox61, Stop & Shop

Kids 18 & Under...

Join us for a Summer Meals Madness Championship event on Saturday, August 13, featuring food, prizes and special guest speakers from iHeart Media and Fox61!

Summer Meals Madness

Here in Connecticut we have one of the highest participation rates in the nation for free summer meals, and yet 3 out of 4 eligible kids are not taking advantage of the program. This summer, Foodshare is partnering with Fox61, iHeart Media and Stop & Shop to present Summer Meals Madness--a series of basketball events to inform, engage and excite kids across the region. Summer Meals Madness will run June through August at locations across Greater Hartford. At each event, we will offer:

  • Free meals for all kids 18 & under, with information on free meals locations near you this summer.
  • Mini skills clinics, with support from local athletes
  • A basketball competition for kids of all ages--winners will be invited to compete in our championship event in early August!
  • Special guest appearances by Fox 61 or iHeart Media
  • Prizes & Giveaways

There is no charge and it’s not necessary to pre-register. Join us for food and fun...let's make sure every kid returns to school strong and healthy!

Free Meals for Kids!

Too often no school means no food, but it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the USDA, there may be a place to go for help. During the summer months, many sites open their doors across the region to ensure low-income children up to age 18 have access to nutritious meals for free! 

Foodshare Hunger Action Teams work hard to build and maintain strong summer food programs. Learn more about where they are focusing their efforts this summer. Or to find a summer meals site near you call 2-1-1, text CTmeals to 877877, or visit