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Summer Food Service Program and the National Hunger Hotline

During the school year, over 19 million children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, but what happens when school lets out?

Summer brings the highest rates of childhood hunger in the U.S, with more children going without nutrients, skipping meals and eating less food. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process: Lack of nutrition can lead to poor performance and concentration and may make children more prone to illness and other health issues.

Fortunately there are services that fill the summer gap and provide free, nutritious meals for kids. The USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is available at local organizations, like schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, summer camps and more, all over the country - all summer long.

WhyHunger partners with the USDA to ensure that more children and their families have access to free, nutritious food during the summer months by registering and promoting the Summer Food Service Program through an online database and the National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479). Once a site is registered, it's accessible to the thousands of Hotline callers and online visitors looking to find summer meals for their children.

Help spread the word in your community before school is out! We have promotional materials, including posters, web banners and PSAs, available here

To find meals in your area, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE or search online at

If you have questions about the Hotline or need help registering, please email or call us at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479).

Summer Food State agencies and sponsors, click here for more info.


WhyHunger runs the National Hunger Hotline to refer people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food and build self-reliance. Click here to download a PDF in English or Spanish to print or post in your community.

Call today or search our online database!