The Community Food Bank’s Kids Café Summer Meals Program provides healthy lunches and snacks to kids throughout the summer months, ensuring they have consistent access to the nutritious foods they need!
We partner with the USDA and ALSDE, as well as with local YMCA’s, schools, churches, and other kids’ programs to provide meals in low-income areas when school is not in session. We plan to serve approximately 70,000 lunches and snacks this summer!
Children and teens age 18 and younger may take part in the free meals, and it’s first-come, first-served. Sites typically offer lunches and snacks 5 days a week (Mon-Fri), and this year, we are giving the option to take your meal to go as well as to eat on site.
Together, we’re helping to prevent summer learning loss—and making sure kids can focus on just being kids this summer!
Organizations: APPLY NOW to be a 2021 Summer Program site!
Each location will serve a nutritious, balanced lunch and snack to anyone age 18 and under. This year, children may take meals offsite and consume them at home if desired.
THIS YEAR ONLY, Verified parents/guardians of children may pick up meals in a child’s absence, via either “grab and go” or through “drive-thru” distributions and take them home.
IMPORTANT: If you picking up a meal without the child present, you MUST PRESENT AT LEAST ONE of the following at the time of meal pickup: the child’s report card issued from the child’s school, the child’s social security card, the child’s birth certificate, OR a signed letter from the child’s pediatrician that includes the child’s name and that is addressed to the parent/guardian.
Check back for times and dates! This list will be kept as accurate as possible and updated regularly. If you have any questions about a specific program site, be sure to call the site itself before going!
There are HUNDREDS of locations statewide. Similarly, you can also text FOOD to 877-877 to find sites near you!
To see Shelby County-specific school Summer Meals, click here!
Would you like to stretch your Summer Program dollars? How does “FREE” sound?
If you’re a summer hero on a budget, apply to be a 2021 Summer Meal Program site! Applications are still live, but not for long!
Summer Meals are:
• Free of charge to participating children
• Free of charge to your organization
• Nutritious, exceeding or meeting Federal nutrition standards
• Delivered directly to your site 5 days a week all summer long
• Ready to serve (no prep needed!)
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).