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School may be out for the summer, but for many children across the Commonwealth hunger does not take a break. Thanks to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), many children in Virginia are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch this summer.
When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are not available. Due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals necessary for growth and development. To fill the nutrition gap, the SFSP provides healthy meals to children who may otherwise go without. Eligible children 18 years old and younger receive nutritious meals and snacks during the summer at no cost to parents.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
• Provides free, nutritious meals to children
• Gives children access to healthy food when school is out
• Available to children and teens ages 18 and under
Families can find the closest meal site on a weekly basis by:
• texting “Food” to 877-877
• calling 211
• calling 1-866-3 HUNGRY
Callers will be prompted to reply with their full address, and will then receive a list of the closest summer meal locations, including the address, phone number, dates and times that summer meals will be provided per location.