Summer Food Program

The Y feeds kids all year long, but the needs increase during the summer when school is out. 

Summer Food Program

Childhood hunger

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

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



Join Us at an Open Site This Summer

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.



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 a Y near you and contact them to learn about their food programs.