(aka Summer Food Service Program)
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. The Summer Meals program of the Community Food Bank provides free, nutritious meals to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
The Summer Meals program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is funded through The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This program provides funding to non-profit organizations across the United States so that they can serve meals to children in need during the summer months when school is out.
This federal program is administered locally within each state by a state agency. For Arizona, the program is administered by the Arizona Department of Education. Locally, SFSP is run by approved sponsors, including school districts, local government agencies, camps, or private nonprofit organizations, like the Community Food Bank!
Through the Community Food Bank’s Summer Meals Program, free breakfasts and lunches are offered to children living in rural locations during June and July. Our meal program sites are located in Ajo, the Tohono O’odham Nation, and the Sahuarita Unified School District. This meal program provides children with the nutrition they need to keep their bellies full, bodies and minds healthy and active over the summer. The children return to school in the fall healthy and ready to learn! Meals are available to:
- Children, ages 18 and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability
- Persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
For more information about the Summer Meals Program please contact Anne Krepps, Child Nutrition Programs Manager, at (520) 882-3285 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the Summer Meal Program press release for more information.