The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across North Carolina. The program is similar to the School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids that come to a registered summer meals site. The NC Department of Public Instruction manages the program in North Carolina.
Additional food resources can be found by finding your area food bank or food pantry. You can also find information specific to COVID-19 school closures here.
FIND FREE, HEALTHY MEALS FOR KIDS AGE 18 AND UNDER
1. Text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 to receive a text with the three drive-thru or pick up sites with meals for kids closest to you.
2. CLICK HERE to use the map with meal sites across the state.
3. Check your local school district’s website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date information. Don’t forget: Contact sites to verify information.
Note: Most site information is only available late May through August.
The NC Department of Public Instruction has created NEW mapping tools for summer meals.
YOU can help us spread the word about free summer meals for kids. Check out this easy-to-use summer meals outreach toolkit for graphics, social media posts, template letters, and more.
Why Summer Meals?