Maryland’s Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to children (ages 18 and under) in low-income areas during June, July, and August when school is not in session. Meals and snacks are served at sites which can be located at schools, community centers, faith-based organizations, local libraries, recreation centers and other places in neighborhoods across the state.
Free summer meals help families stretch their food budgets throughout the summer months. Serving free meals strengthens recreation and enrichment programs by providing a source of federal funding for nutritious food. Participation in summer programming and free summer meals helps to reduce learning loss for children, and helps them return to school ready to learn.
Maryland Hunger Solutions is working collaboratively at all levels to overcome the barriers associated with the program to ensure that children throughout Maryland have access to nutritious free meals during the summer.