Summer Food Programs
Good nutrition is essential for effective learning every day, all year long. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act better, and feel better. The summer feeding programs help children get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
Summer sponsors receive payments for serving healthy meals and snacks to children 18 years of age and younger. Meal sites must be located in lower-income areas and must be approved to operate by the state agency.
Sponsors eligible to participate in the programs are:
- Public or private nonprofit schools.
- Education Service Districts.
- Units of local, municipal, county, or state government.
- Public or private nonprofit residential summer camps.
- Public or private nonprofit colleges and universities sponsoring the Upward Bound Program.
- Private, nonprofit organizations.
The two summer programs available are the:
Last summer, a total of 171 sponsors operated at 862 sites in 36 of 39 counties. An average of
44,304 lunches were served each day.
For more information, contact:
Donna Parsons, Director, Child Nutrition Services, at (360) 725-6200 or by e-mail at
The toll free summer food contact number is 1-866-EAT-MEAL
(1-866-328-6325). The agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.