Summer Meals for Kids

Tens of thousands of New Jersey students rely on school meals during the academic year. When school’s out, hunger sets in for these students. While New Jersey has made great strides in serving up summer meals to more kids, just 26 percent of children who receive free or reduced-price lunch also received summer meals in 2018. Please help spread the word!

Free food, fun for kids all summer long!

Free summer meals are available to kids and teens across New Jersey. Many summer meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal, while staying active and being with friends.

Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger and follow federal nutrition guidelines for low fat and sugar and whole grains. At open sites, you do not need to apply or show I.D. or proof of income to receive free meals for your children. Simply bring your child to a summer meals site in your community!

To locate open meal sites, text “food” to 97779, visit or call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-HUNGRY3. Be sure to check with the organization to be sure meal days and times are accurate. Phone numbers are provided with meal site listings.

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Last Reviewed: 6/24/2019