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Throughout the school year, children in low-income families are able to receive free and reduced lunch and breakfast. But what happens in the summer when families can’t rely on their schools to help feed their children? The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to ensure that children who receive federally-subsidized lunches at school don’t go hungry during the summer months.
The Arizona Department of Education administers the SFSP for the state.
Schools, camps, government agencies, food banks and community organizations like the YMCA may operate food sites throughout the state.
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To receive food, your child just has to visit one of the sponsored food sites. There is no qualification, but the child does have to eat the meal on site. Sponsors may provide two meals or a meal and a snack a day.
Find your nearest location
To find the nearest food site, use the USDA site locator (https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks) or text “FOOD” to 877-877.
How you can help
“Everyone is excited to donate around Christmas and the holidays, and they remember the people who need food,” said Linda Hamman, Administrator of the Hunger Relief Program. “By the time summer comes, we’re thinking about vacations and where we’re going to go. We forget that our families need food.” Food banks are always accepting of donations. Cash donations are best, because the food bank network can make the dollars go further. However, canned goods, peanut butter, rice and beans are also helpful donations.