Summer Food Program

The Y Feeds Kids

Summer Food Program

Childhood hunger

One in six children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

CHILD HUNGER BY THE NUMBERS: DOWNLOAD THIS INFOGRAPHIC The summer is a particularly vulnerable time for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. At the Y, we know that children who receive daily nutrition are set up to succeed. That’s why we’re helping kids reach their full potential by providing free access to healthy snacks and meals when school’s out for summer. See the impact: #TheYFeedsKids


There are 2,500+ summer food program sites at Ys around the country! Contact your nearest Y for details about local offerings.


You can also text FOOD to 877-877, call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or visit USDA Food and Nutrition Service for more options for locating summer meals in your community.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


Helping kids be involved in the kitchen is a great way to promote development (motor skills, cognition and confidence) while encouraging healthy eating habits. Check out these nutritious, child-friendly recipes that are easy to make (with adult supervision) and delicious to eat!

Crusted Vegetables

Cornmeal Crusted Vegetables

How do you make toast more exciting? Top it off with delicious and fresh summer veggies! Click below for the video and full recipe.

Veggies on toast

Roasted Veggies on Toast

How do you make toast more exciting? Top it off with delicious and fresh summer veggies! Click below for the video and full recipe.

Cauliflower Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

These yummy tacos are chock-full of flavor! Click here for the video and full recipe.


Watch more Y stories

  • My Y Story®. | Andrew Zimmern

    When the school year ends, millions of kids and teens who rely on free and reduced cost lunches are at an increased risk of going hungry. The Y’s Summer Food Program helps fill the gap by providing nutritious meals and snacks to kids 18 and under at more than 2,500 locations across the country. Watch as chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern visits his hometown Y in Minneapolis, the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA, to learn more about the Y’s Summer Food Program and to share his own “My Y Story.”

Find Your Y

Ready to learn more? Search below for Ys that offer summer food programs


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