Summer Meals

Don't let summer be the hungriest time of the year for New Jersey children.

Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation

Tens of thousands of New Jersey children rely on school meals to get the nutrition they need to be healthy and learn. In the summer, hunger sets in when these meals are not available and families struggle to put food on the table. Federal summer meals programs are warding off summertime hunger for a growing number of children across New Jersey.


A Guide to Summer Meals

Find key strategies, tips from NJ school officials, resources, grants and more.

Help spread the word about summer meals!

As more communities serve summer meals, we have to be sure parents and other caregivers know where to find food in the summer.

The New Jersey Food for Thought Campaign created an easy-to-use outreach toolkit and other resources to make marketing your summer meals program a snap. 

The Summer Meals Toolkit

Get Started

Here are resources from national partners that make summer meals implementation a snap.

Fact Sheet

A simple one-pager explaining summer meals

Money for Meals

Find grants and other resources that can help you get your summer meals program up and running.

More Resources & Help

Flyers, social media, videos & links to organizations that can help.


Sites can be libraries, schools, parks, pools, playgrounds, housing developments and other places where children congregate in the summer. Sites do not pay for the meals. Sponsors are reimbursed by the federal government for each meal served. The program is administered on the state level by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.