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Summer Nutrition Programs

Summer Nutrition Program LogoThe North Carolina Department of Public Instructions Administers the following Summer Nutrition programs to accommodate hungry children when school is not session.  Please click on the program title for more information and resources, as well as information on how schools and organizations can apply to sponsor a program in order to provide much needed meals to students in their communities.

The Summer Food Service Program is a Federally-funded initiative that provides healthy meals to children and teens in economically disadvantaged areas when school is not in session.

The Seamless Summer Option  program is approved and monitored by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction School Nutrition Services that is designed to encourage more School Food Authorities (SFAs) to provide meals to children during summer and other school vacation periods.

Continuation of NSLP is a program designed to allow SFAs to continue operating (serving meals) under the National School Lunch Program for students that are required to return to school after the school year has ended (or track out period for year round schools) for academic instruction.

Promotion, Outreach and Events


The objective of the Summer Food Service Program is to serve areas where low-income children reside, who are at risk for having inadequate nutrition during summer months and provide them with free, nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Summer meals are free to all kids who come to open summer meal sites.  Anyone can locate free summer meals for children starting mid-MAY through the month of AUGUST.  Here are four ways to locate nearby summer meal sites in North Carolina:

>> Text FOODNC to 877-877
>> Call toll-free 1-866-3Hungry or 1-877-8Hombre

>> Visit
>> Contact a Summer Nutrition Consultant

  • Do your part to increase participation at local meal sites through outreach in local schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, and any place that families and children frequent in your community!
>> Contact for promotional materials

>> Become a meal site where children receive nutritious summer meals
>> Advertise meal site locations in schools
before summer starts: Stuff book bags and
take-home folders with promotional flyers

>> Partner with community stakeholders to help spread the word!

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