School’s Out. Food’s Out.
Did you know…Kansas ranked almost last at feeding school children who depend on free or reduced price lunch over the summer months? Over 185,000 children who reside in the state qualifies for free or reduced-priced school lunches, but sadly only 7% of these kids have access to summer lunch programs.
Feeling that no child in Kansas should go hungry, Catholic Charities started the Kids Summer Food Program in partnership with Harvesters, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kansas Department of Education. Children, up to 18 years of age, receive FREE nutritious sack lunches during the summer months. Feeding sites are held at community places such as libraries, parks and local swimming pools. Local volunteers are instrumental to the success of the program, helping with the distribution.
If you are a family looking for support and help with summer food we are here to help!
- The Summer Food Program feeds kids for FREE; no income requirements or registration is required!
- Click on the below to find a site near you.
- The summer food program is in partnership with the USDA and Harvesters.
- The meal will provide a healthy food for your child that was approved by the USDA.
- At each site there are fun activities to encourage children to attend, books, games and more.
We hope that the summer feeding site offers a fun, safe and happy environment for the children of Northeast Kansas.
We look forward to seeing you and your children as we enjoy the summer with activities, food and fun! No sign up necessary, or ID required. Children up to 18 years of age are welcome to eat for FREE!
For questions about Catholic Charities Kids Summer Food program please call: 913-433-2100 or email email@example.com
The Kids Summer Food Program is an equal opportunity provider.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
The Catholic Charities Kids Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks 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.
Locally, the program is run by Catholic Charities. Harvesters provides free meals with the support of Catholic Charities Volunteers who help serve the children healthy meals. Community partners host children of all ages for free lunches, three to five days a week at local sites, such as the library, community center or even local swimming pool.
Open sites operate in areas where at least half of the children come from families with incomes at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty level, making them eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Meals are served free to any child at the open site.
Children 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks through SFP.
Children receive one meal each day.
The program was designed with the intention of filling nutrition gaps to make sure children receive the nutrition they need. As a result, working parents know their children are at a safe place and hunger-free – even when school is out.
To provide a safe, clean space for children to enjoy lunch up to five days a week.
It has been shown to increase attendance, provide a safe place for kids and encourage additional learning during the summer. We hope that the children will feel welcome to attend each day and that the activities will draw a larger audience.
- Spread the word, you can write to your local paper about the community event in your area to further share the site location and time.
- Be an activity supporter, collect books, soccer balls, chalk and other craft items, then donate to the Summer Food Program, this will ensure we have fun activities for the kids.
- VOLUNTEER at a feeding site near you
- DONATE to keep Kids happy and healthy this summer!
2016 SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM SITES