Children age 18 years and under may receive free meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or local educational agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled) is also eligible to receive free meals.
In addition to meeting the above stated age requirements, all potential participants must be at the meal site (meal service location), and in the serving line to be eligible for free SFSP meals. All meals are served on a first come, first served basis. There is no discrimination during the course of the meal service.
Organizations that serve SFSP meals must receive special approval to serve infants 12 months old, or younger. In general, organizations that served SFSP meals only request approval to serve children and youth 18 years and under.
In certain circumstances, pregnant women who receive Early Head Start services are also eligible to receive meals through SFSP if they are age 18 or under. To establish eligibility, prospective mothers must be enrolled in Early Head Start and be eligible to receive school meals through the NSLP or another Child Nutrition Program.
Balance Your Diet and Physical Activity
To ensure normal growth and development it, is important to balance your diet and physical activity. Have nutrient-dense food to help you grow, build strong bones and muscles and provide energy for playing. Children need a variety of foods that provide energy and nutrients including protein, carbohydrates and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals to support optimal growth and development.