Free meals available for youth in many locations

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South Dakota families can access nutritious, tasty food at summer feeding sites throughout the state. The Summer Food Service Program provides meals to children in low-income areas when school is not in session.

The meals are free for all children under the age of 18, with no sign-up necessary at eligible sites. Families can find sites by texting “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744, by calling 1-866-348-6479, or by going to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer meals website at   

“These sites are a great resource for families who rely on school lunch programs during the school year,” said Secretary of Education Joe Graves. “The meals are prepared and served by members of the community, and they ensure that kids are able to stay healthy during the summer break.”

Sponsors such as schools, private non-profit organizations, and government entities participate in providing meals throughout the summer months.

The Summer Food Service Program is an equal opportunity provider.