Kids Summer Meals

Kids Summer Meals


School's out, but hunger isn't. What are we doing to help local kids?

Kids Summer Meals begin on Monday June 10! Also known as the Summer Food Service Program, this USDA program ensures that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

The Food Bank sponsors this program by providing feeding sites with breakfast and lunch at no cost. Community-based organizations operate these feeding sites at schools, churches, and youth centers. One program director, Delores, explains on our blog, “We know that for many of the children, this will be the only meal they have for the day.” 

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A Decade of Experience

2018 was our 10th year administering this program. More than 5,300 kids received nearly 168,000 breakfast and lunch meals from 117 sponsored sites. This was also the first year that Food Bank CENC worked with 2 AmeriCorps students from NC State, whose focus was serving in rural communities. They implemented special activities (physical and educational) for the kids in these counties, and supplied additional support.

If your organization is interested in providing meals this summer in July and August, please complete the site application and email the completed form to Mercedes Sanders at

Apply now to be a Kids Summer Meals site in 2018!

  • All sites (including site that operated under our sponsorship in the past) must complete an application
  • The application period closes on March 31, 2018
  • Two ways to complete the application (pick one):
  1. Print the application, fill it out by hand, fax to Mercedes Sanders at 919-954-8427 
  2. Save the application to your computer, fill it out electronically, email to Mercedes Sanders (   

Watch the video below to learn about how we served catered, hot, and nutritious meals to children through this program last summer.

Read the full story on our blog, Hunger Matters.

For Partner Agencies

If you are a community-based organization providing services to primarily low-income children, you may be eligible to become a feeding site for the Kids Summer Meals Program!

If your organization is interested in providing meals this summer in July and August, please complete the site application and email the completed form to Mercedes Sanders at 


For Parents

If you are a family in need, your child may be eligible to receive free meals at a summer feeding site near you. If you are interested in having your child take part, please view the Kids Summer Meal Participating Site Locations and call ahead to confirm dates and times.

Food is also distributed to families and individuals via our network of local food pantries. Visit to find our partner food pantries located near you.  If you live outside of our 34-county service areas, you can find your local food bank at   

We also have team members who can help you apply for SNAP (food stamps) or other programs. Simply fill out the short form on this page and they will get back to you.

Kids Summer Meals