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A Simple Way to Feed Hungry Kids this Summer

Share this important information with your networks and help curb summer hunger.

feed hungry kids

One in five kids in the United States live in a household without consistent access to food. It’s tough to learn and grow when you’re hungry. We can feed our students five days a week when they come to school, but can anything be done each summer? Yes, but you have to know how to find help and share this knowledge throughout your student communities. Here’s how you can help feed hungry kids this summer.


1. Text to find a location serving food

When you text this number, you’ll receive a text back sharing where you can go for free meals during the summer. It’s also important to note that families can text “comida” if they speak Spanish and it will work as well.


2. Call to find a location serving food

When you call this number, they’ll be able to tell you where you can go for free meals over the summer.


3. Search this website to find a location serving free food

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use this mapping tool to find a site near you.


Childhood Hunger In America

  • 1 in 5 kids in America lives in a household without consistent access to enough food.
  • Over half of public school students in this country are from low-income families.
  • 22 million children rely on free- or reduced-fee lunches for their nutritional needs on an average school day.
  • 4 million kids rely on free meals in the summer when school meals aren’t available.

Find more facts on childhood hunger in America at 

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Posted by Kimberley Moran

Kimberley is a Senior Editor at WeAreTeachers. She has 15 years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree in literacy education.

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