Summer Meals Available to Children as School Year Ends

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 | 10:43am

Summer Food Service Program Kicks Off 2017 Cycle

NASHVILLE— Local Summer Food Service Program meal sites have opened to children ages 18 and under across the state. The Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS). The purpose of the summer meal program is to ensure children and teens that have access to free and reduced price meals during the school year also have access to meals during the summer months. Meal sites are often found at community centers, schools, parks, and other locations throughout communities.

 More than 3.6 million meals were served last summer at more than 2,300 meal sites across the state. According to Feeding America, 1 in 4 Tennessee children may be at risk of hunger. There remains a need for eligible SFSP sponsors, especially in rural counties and remote areas. Eligible sponsors include schools, private non-profit organizations, government entities, and non-profit residential camps. Sponsors are reimbursed on a per meal basis for meals served to eligible children and may serve as a sponsor or a site location.

 “The Summer Food Service Program shows how local, state and federal partners can work together to make a lasting impact on the well-being of Tennessee’s children,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “We appreciate the tremendous effort of our SFSP sponsors and their commitment to the program.”

The summer program serves as a support for children and families and has become a valuable resource in local communities.

 Specific meal site hours of operation vary. To find out where summer meal locations are in your area, please visit, the services directory at, or text “food” to 877-877.

 In addition to children 18 and under, a person 19 years of age and older who has a mental or physical disability and participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program established for individuals with disabilities, is also eligible to receive meals.

 If your organization is interested in sponsoring the SFSP in your community next summer, or becoming a feeding site under an existing sponsor, please contact the Department of Human Services by e-mail at or by phone at (615) 313-4749.

 For more information on the Summer Food Service Program visit: or


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