Free summer meal program for children and teens

6/21/2016 | TACOMA, Washington

Tacoma Public Schools’ Nutrition Services Department, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, sponsors the Summer Food Service Program for Children and Teens. Now through August, all children and teens ages 1 through 18 can get a free breakfast and sack lunch at specified locations and dates across the district when the summer food program is in session. All sites will be closed July 4.

The federally-funded Summer Food Service Program feeds children free nutritious meals during the long summer break when school is out and children do not have access to school meals. 

All children from the community are welcome to free meals served on a first-come, first-served basis. Just show up at the advertised serving time. There is no required registration or fees.

The United State Department of Agriculture sponsors the Summer Food Service Program for Children and Teens and requires the district to follow these guidelines to receive federal reimbursement for the meals served:
• Entire meal must be eaten on site
• No portion of the meal may be taken out of the meal serving area
• Adults may not eat any portion of a child’s meal

Summer Food Service Program Menu (Monday through Thursday) 
Daily: Cereal, breakfast crackers, 100% fruit juice, milk

Monday: Whole-grain soft pretzel, PB&J cup, cheese stick, celery sticks, apple slices, milk
Tuesday: Turkey & cheese hoagie, baby carrots, fruit cup, whole-grain chocolate brownie, milk
Wednesday: Mini bagel, yogurt, sunflower seeds, Fruitables 100% juice, apple slices, milk
Thursday:  Turkey ham & cheese sandwich, baby carrots, fruit punch-flavored raisins, school cookie, milk
Friday: District school buildings are closed

Find a list of where and when these free cold breakfasts and sack lunches will be provided at​. The schedule and menu are subject to change.