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Free Summer Meals for Kids And Teens

 

SUMMER MEAL SITES

Summer meals sites provide free meals and snacks to kids and teens age 18 and under, thanks to federal funding local organizations, and Philadelphians who organize sites in their community. There are no income requirements, ID, or registration needed for youth to access meals in qualifying areas. 

find a summer meals site

This summer, free and healthy meals for children and teens in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia County are just around the corner.

No child should go hungry in summer when school meals aren't an option. This summer, local organizations and neighbors across the Greater Philadelphia region are offering free, healthy summer meals at sites for children up to 18 years old.

Find out what meals are being offered near you. Check our Summer Meals Map below or call our Summer Meals Hotline at 215-770-4659 to find summer meals for children in your neighborhood.

Learn more and help spread the word about summer meals using our Summer Meals 2022 Toolkit.

See a full-screen version of this map HERE

 

 

Start a summer meals site

Nearly 1 in 8 children in Philadelphia experience food insecurity. And when schools are closed, many students lose access to nutritious school meals. 

It's easy to serve free meals to children under 18 this summer. You can host a summer meal site for children on your block, in your community, or at your organization.

The following Philadelphia site sponsors can work with you to bring summer meals to your neighborhood or summer program:

 

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation: 215-685-2725
  • Runs the Playstreets Program, which allows city blocks to close to traffic to provide meals and activities during the summer.
    • Playstreets requirements;
      • ​No numbered streets, bus routes, or major thoroughfares
      • Must be a residential block with no businesses
Nutritional Development Services (NDS): 215-895-3470, option 1
  • Works with a wide variety of summer programs, organizations, and outdoor neighborhood meal sites
  • Review the NDS list of Frequently Asked Questions HERE

 

Read more about the importance of the Summer Meals Program, HERE.

 

Why are summer meals important?

During the school year, thousands of low-income students eat free or reduced-price meals at schools. But when school is out and kids aren't receiving that food, children face higher risks for hunger and malnutrition. Summer meals help to fill that gap, so kids have the nutritious food they need to stay healthy all summer!