This summer, New Jersey will have 1,300 sites where kids can receive free meals, hang out with friends and engage in fun activities.

With a growing number of meals sites available, we need to make sure parents and other caregivers know where to find meals for their children this summer.

Please help us spread the word to parents about these programs, by:

  • Distributing the attached flyers in locations where children and families congregate.
  • Forwarding this email to your networks.
  • Posting on social media. See sample posts.
  • If you work directly with parents and other caregivers, distribute information to your clients via e-mail and flyers. A sample message is below.
About Summer Meals

In general, open summer meals sites are free and require no identification or income verification from parents. Unfortunately, many parents simply do not know they exist. In fact, in 2017, only about one-quarter of low-income New Jersey children received these meals.

Not only do these programs provide nutritious meals, they also give kids a chance to engage in fun, healthy activities during the summer months.

To find open sites, parents can visit the USDA sitefinder, text summer meals to 9779 or email SFSPCommunication@ag.state.nj.us.

To find additional outreach strategies and tools, visit njsummermeals.org. We need to spread the word to parents across New Jersey.

Working together, we can ensure that no New Jersey child goes hungry this summer so that all children return to school in September with the nourishment they need to thrive and succeed.
Message to Parents/Caregivers

Re: Free food, fun for kids all summer long!

Free summer meals are available to kids and teens across [Community Name]. Many summer meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and being with friends.

Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger and follow federal nutrition guidelines. At open sites, parents do not need to apply to the program or show proof of income to get a free summer meal for their kids. Simply bring your child to a summer meals site in your community.

To locate open meal sites, text “summer meals” to 97779, visit the USDA sitefinder, or   or e-mail SFSPCommunication@ag.state.nj.us.