Feeding Hungry Children in the Summer | Capital Area Food Bank
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Children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year often face hunger when classrooms and cafeterias are closed. Through the summer meals program, we provide nutritious meals kids need to continue growing and learning, even when school isn’t in session.

Keeping summer hunger-free

For most children and teens, summer is a time for fun. But for kids in our region who don’t have food at home, summer means long days without enough to eat. We’re working to change that.

Operating through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, our Kids Summer Meals Program delivers healthy, kid-friendly meals to apartment buildings, public recreation centers, places of worship, and other locations in neighborhoods where children are at risk of going hungry during the summer months.

Many of our child summer program sites also offer sports and academic enrichment activities, providing kids with opportunities to make the most of summer while also retaining more of the knowledge they gained over the school year.

Find summer meals near you

We provide summer meals to kids throughout the metropolitan Washington region. See below to find out where:

Visit our Get Help Page


Host Our Summer Meals Program

We aren’t currently looking for new sites for our summer meals program, but please check back in March of 2020. We will post application info at that time if we need additional sites.

To qualify as a host for our summer meals program, your site must:

  1.     Have a safe place to serve children (ages 18 and under)
  2.     Serve a minimum of 15 children at least four days a week
  3.     Have at least two adults available to lead meal service
  4.     Be eligible under federal guidelines (we can help you determine this)
  5.     Have an internet connection, computer and/or tablet, a working refrigerator, and sinks to wash serving utensils

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Help Us Feed Kids During the Summer

The meals we provide over the summer are essential for kids who typically rely on free or reduced school breakfasts and lunches. And you can help. A donation of just one unrestricted dollar makes it possible for us to provide 2.5 meals. Make an impact in the lives of kids in your neighborhood.