Free Summer Meals for Kids Program
Approximately 20 percent of Fairfax County students receive free and reduced price meals during the school year. When the school year ends, so does the opportunity for consistent, nutritious meals for many of these students. The Free Summer Meals for Kids Program fills that need by providing nutritious meals to children ages 5 to 18 during the summer – because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.
Service Dates, Meal Sites & Eligibility
June 27 to September 2, 2016
The Free Summer Meals for Kids Program provides free, healthy meals to children ages 5 to 18 at designated meal sites in Fairfax County. Sites provide breakfast and/or lunch as indicated (see lists of open and closed sites for details).
Sites are designated according to national guidelines as either “open” sites or “closed” sites.
- Open sites are established in areas where 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced price meals at school. At these locations, meals will be provided to all children without charge.
- Closed sites are designated in areas where less than 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced price meals at school. To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential site, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Children who are part of households that receive SNAP, or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDP1R), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.
Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
- How to Volunteer to Become a Meal Site / Application Form
- "Lunchtime" Infographic: Change in Eligibility for Free & Reduced Price Lunches in Fairfax County Between 2002 and 2014
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Summer Food Service Program
- Fairfax County Public Schools to Participate in USDA Summer Food Service Program
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information, call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.