Meals for Kids

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Free School Meals

Both the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program offer free and reduced-price meals on a sliding income scale. Anyone with a household gross income below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level is eligible. This program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but is only offered by schools that choose to participate.  To find out if this program is available in your child's school, visit or call 2-1-1. If there are no school meals programs available in your district, consider recommending one to your school board. Or become involved in our Hunger Action Team work and help establish a program with help from others in your community.

School Vacation Should Be a Good Thing

So what happens when school is out? Too often no school = 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 months of July and August, many Summer Food Service Programs open their doors across the region to ensure low-income children up to age 18 have access to nutritious meals while school is out. Children with disabilities are eligible through age 21. Meals are served Monday-Friday. Some sites offer breakfast and lunch, others just lunch. There is no charge and it’s not necessary to pre-register. To find a site near you call 2-1-1, text CTmeals to 877877, or visit

Foodshare Hunger Action Teams work hard to build and maintain strong summer food programs. Check back in May/June to learn which sites will be hosting summer meals in 2017.