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End Hunger Connecticut - Summer Meals Program 2014
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 Free Summer Meals for Kids   Accessibility   About
Summer meals are free, nutritious, meals and snacks that are provided to kids and teens, 18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer when school is out. Meals are made possible through federal nutrition programs, like the: National School Lunch Program and Summer Food Service Program. 

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Summer meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are comprised of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein. To see if particular dietary substitutions can be made, parents or caregivers should contact the sponsor of the program. Sponsor contact information, when available, can be found by using the Location Finder on this website. Some locations serve breakfast and snacks as well as lunch.
No paperwork required.
No registration required.
No identification (ID) required.
And, most important, No Cost!
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All summer meals are FREE of charge to all kids & teens, 18 years of age and younger, at participating summer meals locations. Summer meals locations normally open a few days after school ends (typically, mid-June) and can go until school is back in session (typically last weekend in August, before Labor Day weekend).The specific times that breakfast, lunch, or snacks are served may be different at each summer meals location.  For details on dates and times that meals and/or snacks are being served to kids & teens for particular locations use the Location Finder.

Some summer meals locations do have activities to help create a fun environment for kids & teens. Activities can be arts and crafts, team sports/outdoor activities, board games, or reading activities. Certain summer meals sites also have cooking classes, nutrition education lessons, gardening sessions, and/or visits from local community guests.

Parents and/or guardians should feel free to:
  • Chat with other parents and guardians;
  • Help get their kidsí meal(s) ready if they need help opening or cutting something;
  • Assist the site supervisor in handling and passing out the meals; and/or
  • Check out the activities offered to kids & teens at the location.
  • Handouts on nutrition, recipes, and exercise information may be available for parents to read at the location or to take home with them.
Use the Location Finder to find the free summer meals locations nearest to you. 
Download the Summer Meals Flyer  (PDF 678KB)
Blitz Days - Blitz Days  are an opportunity to raise awareness of the FREE federally funded meals and snacks available for children 18 years of age and under during the summer season. A Blitz Day will be held in 9 communities throughout the state: The remaining Blitz Days are as follows.

Vernon- Saturday, June 21st- Talcott Park (Prospect St)
Danbury- Friday, June 27th- Kennedy Park
Naugatuck- Monday, June 30th- City Hill Middle School (441 City Hill St)
Most of the locations are handicapped accessible, but parents should check ahead if there are special concerns.
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for policymakers, community organizations, and low-income families. The work of EHC! is vital to the visibility and coordination of various federal food assistance programs that are meant to lower the prevalence of food insecurity and hunger.  The goal of EHC! is to improve the levels of food security and nutrition among Connecticut families while creating and supporting policies that move families toward self-sufficiency.
Phone:  (860) 560-2100
Twitter: @CTnokidhungry
Instagram: @CTnokidhungry
Text CTmeals to 877877 for summer meals sites near you (But not while driving!)
Also you can Dial 211 for information

Images and descriptions on this page are used by permission of End Hunger Connecticut, and are protected under United States Copyright Laws. For information, contact End Hunger Connecticut.

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Content Last Modified on 6/20/2014 3:51:02 PM