NJ NOW IN STAGE 2 - CHILD CARE, OUTDOOR DINING & NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL REOPEN

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Summer Food Programs

Food programs for school-age children

Healthy food is available free or at low-cost to school children in some areas. To find out if your child's school offers breakfast or lunch programs like this, contact your local school district and ask to speak with someone about nutrition programs available through the school.

NJ Summer Food Programs PosterWhen school lets out for the summer a child's need for food does not go away. The Summer Meals Program is designed to fill this potential nutrition gap, ensuring children can get the nutritious meals they need to stay healthy and alert. This is free of charge and does not require any enrollment. Call the National Hunger Hotline at 866-3-HUNGRY (866-348-6479) for English or 877-8-HAMBRE (877-842-6273) for Spanish. If you prefer, you may also text 'food' to '877-877' or search online - Find a Summer Meal Program location near you. Donload the Summer Meals flyer in Spanish and English here.

Professionals Serving Child Populations

Learn how your agency can receive funding for the Summer Food Service Program. Apply today through the NJ Department of Agriculture.