Once summer hits and school is out, children living in poverty might not receive proper food during the day.
We provide free, balanced meals that are designed by a nutritionist. The menus are varied. Most meals are steam-cooked to lock in nutrients without adding fat. We never offer fried foods and the food we serve is minimally processed.
As part of the Summer Meal Program, Connecting Kids To Meals partners with summer locations where kids gather. These partner locations include schools, libraries, parks, pools, churches and community centers. For 15 years, we have been a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a USDA Child Nutrition Program designed to provide healthy meals to kids for free while school is out. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is the state agency responsible for oversight of the program here in Ohio, and helps to insure compliance with the program requirements involving nutrition standards, record keeping and food safety.
Last summer, we partnered with 105 sites and provided about 5,000 hot, nutritionally balanced meals each day. We trained hundreds of individuals to serve and deliver meals at site locations. This summer, we will have about 115 site locations and expect to possibly reach a new record number of daily meals: 6,000. We feel confident that we will more than surpass the 180,000 meals that were served last year during the summer.
Find the location nearest you using the searchable map below, or download the full list of summer sites in PDF format.
Find a Summer Meal Location
For additional summer meal locations in our region, visit the Partners In Education Summer Meal Partners website.
For after school meal locations, visit the After School Meals page.
This is a good program. Everyone here likes it a lot. I think this program is keeping kids out of trouble, providing food and fun activities!J.R. age 12, Brand Whitlock