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Summer Meals

2019 Results

778,474 new meals and $2,252,565 in federal revenue reimbursements at summer meal sites open to all children 18 and younger.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program administered by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The program reimburses food providers who serve healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas in the summer.

Minnesota ranks 16th among 50 states in feeding children in the summer, with only 20 percent of school-age kids participating in the SFSP.


Good nutrition can be especially hard during the summer months for children who have relied on schools for meals. Food access can suddenly become a challenge.

Our approach

Partnering with the MDE, we created the Free Meals for Kids mobile app that connects children and teens up to 18 years old with sites serving free summer meals.

You can download the app at Apple App or Goggle Play stores. It is updated regularly.

The app is powered by GPS and shows locations of schools and other sites that provide meals and meal packs, including days and hours for distribution. It also shows the distance and directions to the nearest site from your location.

Our Goal

Provide 2 million more meals.

To participating sites

Help us keep the information current, so your meal programs can help feed Minnesota kids.

Review your information, including sites, meals, dates and delivery details.  Send changes to:

If you want to be listed on the app / want to add locations to the app, send an e-mail to:

Include the following and adding a flyer or website link can speed the process.

  • Site name
    Street address
    Zip code 
  • Days of Operation
  • Meals Served
  • Open Date
  • End Date
  • Delivery Options (5 Day Meal Packs, School Site, Pickup location, School Curbside, etc.
  • Please list timeframes for meals that are provided.
    Meal Packs/Backpack
  • Site Contact: (email or phone number)
  • Meals Updates: Note specific instructions such as first-come-first-serve, number of meals provided, etc.
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