Nutritional meals are available for students 18 and younger this summer through an Ohio Department of Education program.
The Summer Food Service Program gives children the opportunity to enjoy free healthy meals while on summer break when they may not have access to school breakfasts or lunches. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may be part of the program until they are 21 years old.
No sign up for the program is required; students can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY, visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat or use the Ohio Department of Education’s mobile app to find locations and times of meals.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program allows Ohio parents and caregivers, who continually have to make difficult choices in providing for their families, to no longer worry about their children being hungry.
“The need for healthy meals doesn’t stop when school breaks for the summer, and the Summer Food Service Program helps provide children with nourishment to make sure summer can be a time for continued learning and fun,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Instead of worrying about where their next meals will come from, our students can enjoy activities, like reading, sports, playing outdoors and the growing that happens during the summer months.”
Last year the Summer Food Service Program served more than 4 million meals to children at approximately 1,500 feeding sites in Ohio.