Molly McKendry

Kicking Off Summer Meals

Now that school is out, summer meals sites across New England are holding kick-offs to encourage participation throughout their communities. We’ve captured a few of these great events in the photos below. Before reading on, here’s some quick information about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), otherwise known as the Summer Meals Program.

What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free nutritious meals to children and teens, ages 18 and under, in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.

How Does It Work?

State agencies are responsible for administering the program with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Sponsors brought on board by state agencies agree to run the program. These could be schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based and other non-profit community organizations with a food service program.

Sites are places in the community where children can receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. These could include schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, apartment complexes, churches, and migrant centers. In addition to meals, many sites also provide educational and enrichment activities for children and adolescents.

(Adapted from the FRAC SFSP Fact Sheet & the USDA SFSP Fact Sheet)


Watch this video to learn more about Summer Meals.


Our Fuel Up to Play 60 truck traveled to Milton, VT, Rutland, VT, and New Haven, CT to join these communities at their Summer Meals sites, and with it came nutrition and physical activity-focused activities, games, and trivia!



To learn more, locate sites in your community, and for additional resources, visit our Summer Meals Page.

Molly McKendry

Molly is a registered dietitian and Manager of Nutrition Communications for New England Dairy & Food Council. She is responsible for providing communications and public relations support for our Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Health & Wellness teams in New England. In her free time, Molly likes to run, read, and travel. Sound like someone you want to get to know? Contact Molly at