Summer Food Service Program
When school is out, low-income children lose their access to regular daily school lunches and breakfasts. These meals typically provide at least one-third and one-fourth, respectively, of the nutrients that a child needs during the school year. Because families can’t meet this need, food banks report increases in requests for emergency food during the summer.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) fills this vacuum. It provides nutritious meals and snacks to children during this time. Meals are provided to the children free of charge.
Addressing a major cause of childhood hunger
On average, thousands of children in San Antonio receive free or reduced meals through their school’s free or reduced meal program, however during the summer months thousands of children are left undernourished and hungry. To address child hunger in southern Texas, the San Antonio Food Bank has expanded its Summer Feeding program to provide children in rural areas with free meals throughout the summer. The underlying goal of the program is to promote healthy eating habits and development, by providing children with the nourishment required for adequate mental and physical health.
Who is being served?
The Summer Feeding program targets school-aged children under the age of 18. The meals are distributed to housing developments, summer camps, daycares, and on-site feeding programs that are dedicated to providing for San Antonio’s less fortunate children.
To locate a Summer Food Service Feeding site for your children to dine at, or if you know of someone who is in need of this service please call The United Way 211 Helpline.