Kids can eat free all summer in Philly!

Summer Meals FAQ:

What are summer meals?

There are over 1,000 sites in Philadelphia that serve free summer meals and snacks to youth ages 18 and under, as well as students 19 and older enrolled in a qualifying school program. These sites may be found at recreation centers, parks, churches, or even on your neighborhood block. No ID or registration is required!

Why are summer meals important?

During the school year, thousands of low-income students receive free or reduced-price meals through school. When school lets out for the summer, many of these kids have little or no access to free and nutritious meals. Summer meals help to fill that gap and keep kids healthy and active. For more on this subject check here the new post explaining the average weight for 13 year olds depending on their height.

How do I find my nearest summer meals site?

There are a few different ways! Starting in June, you can:

  • Call the toll-free Summer Meals Hotline: 1-855-252-MEAL
  • Text “FOOD” or “MEALPA” to 877-877
  • Visit
  • Search the map at the bottom of this page

The summer meal sites in my area have not opened yet. How can I access food?

Check out Philly Food Finder for information on food resources city-wide. The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hungeralso has lots of helpful hints for stretching your food budget.

Can I start a summer meal site in my community?

If you are interested in running a summer meal site from your house and you live on a one-way street, please contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at 215-685-2725. Direct all other inquiries to Fun Safe Philly Summer at 215-686-2185.

What are the responsibilities of a summer meals site supervisor?

  • Attend a training session
  • Decide which days and weeks the site will run
  • Supervise distribution of meals to any children who visit the site
  • Follow USDA health and safety guidelines
  • Help promote summer meals in your community

I need to report a complaint about a summer meal site in the City of Philadelphia. Who should I contact?

Please place a call to Fun Safe Philly Summer at 215-686-2185.

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