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Find Free Summer Meals for Kids - Video Feature

For many kids, summertime means hanging with friends and having fun. For families that count on school breakfast and lunch, however, the summer months can be stressful because family food budgets are stretched even tighter. In partnership with families and community partners, free summer meals are available to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger in eligible communities across Tennessee.

Watch the video below to learn more:


Find a Summer Food Service Program Site

To find a meal site near you, search the kidcentral tn State Services Directory for “summer food” with your ZIP code, or search WhyHunger.org. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites may have also been announced in your local newspaper.

Summer Food Service Program Details:

  • Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a SFSP site.
  • Meals are also provided to persons 19 years of age and older who have a mental or physical disability and who participate during the school year in a public or private nonprofit school program established for individuals with disabilities.
  • Food served is healthy and follows the nutrition guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
  • No application or proof of income is necessary—just bring your child to a SFSP site in your community.

In addition to healthy meals, many Summer Food Service Program sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a meal while staying active and enjoying time with friends. Sites are registered with the USDA and are held at safe local meeting places like schools, churches and community centers.

No Tennessee Child Hungry Awareness Campaign

In an ongoing effort to reduce child hunger and aid in building stronger families and communities, the Tennessee Department of Human Services has launched its No Tennessee Child Hungry Awareness Campaign. The awareness campaign has been established to keep Tennesseans informed on ways they can help reduce hunger. Take the No Tennessee Child Hungry pledge to express your commitment to ending child hunger and to receive information from DHS on how to help at tn.gov.

Additional Resources

Find out more about Tennessee's statewide programs that can help your family keep healthy food on the table year-round, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Tennessee's SFSP is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).