More than 1 million Hoosiers live in households that do not have enough food to feed their families every day. This can be even more difficult for parents and guardians taking care of their children when school is not in session.
The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with nearly 250 school and community sponsors, so children 18 and younger across the state will have access to free meals and snacks throughout their summer break.
The Summer Food Service Program was created to serve nutritious meals to children when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. The initiative is designed to meet the needs of low-income families in areas where children may have limited access to good nutrition.
June is the busiest month for the summer food program when many families seek help for additional nutrition resources. Last year, Indiana sponsors served nearly 2.7 million meals across the state. Meal service times vary, and locations range from parks and community centers to schools, churches, neighborhoods, and mobile feeding sites.
Providing a healthy, nutritious meal to kids every day is important to their development. Children should be out enjoying their summer breaks with friends and family, and the Summer Food Service Program helps keep their bellies full while doing so.