FAQs for Maryland Free Summer Food Service Program for children and teens

SandwichWhen school is out for the summer in Maryland, meals will still be in session. Learn how to get free summer meals, and find a summer meals site near you at mdsummermeals.msde.state.md.us

Frequently Asked Questions

What are summer meals programs? Summer meals programs are federal child nutrition programs funded by the USDA and designed to provide healthy meals to children and teens ages 18 and under during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.

How do I find a summer meal site in my community? Summer meals sites are in the community at safe, supervised places like churches, schools and community centers. Go to or call 1-877-731-9300 to find a site and learn more. mdsummermeals.org

Is there a cost? No. All summer meals offered through the USDA's programs are FREE to all kids and teens ages 18 and under.

What are the requirements for my child or teen to receive a meal? Do I have to fill out an application form? There is no application necessary to receive a meal and you do not have to show proof of income. Kids and teens ages 18 and younger can just come to a summer meal site during the site's hours of operation.

What kind of food is served at these sites? The meals served are nutritious and meet USDA guidelines. A typical lunch, for example, will include a turkey sandwich on wheat bread, milk, an apple and a salad. Here is a sample me . nu

Do summer meal sites offer activities? Many sites offer fun learning and recreational activities in a safe, supervised environment. To find out the type of activities offered, call the site. For more summer programming options, visit or www.mdsummermeals.com call 1-877-731-9300. If you are in Baltimore, you can find out more about the Baltimore City Super Summer Program by visiting or calling 211. http://youthbmore.org/

There is no site in my area. What can I do to be sure that one is available for the children in my area next summer? If there are no summer meals sites in your community, we can HELP. Send us an email at mdpa . rtnership@strength.org

What else can I do to help? You can share information about free summer meals with your friends, neighbors and family members.

Who funds free summer meals? Summer meals programs are funded by the USDA through the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program and are administered by the Maryland State Department of Education here in Maryland. MSDE and USDA are equal opportunity providers.

Have other questions? Please contact mdpartnership@strength.org

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