Text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find free summer meals for kids and teens

6/15/2018 | 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.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded child nutrition program that 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 certain guidelines to receive federal reimbursement for the meals served. The guidelines include:

  • The 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.
Locations vary throughout the summer. To find where and when these free cold breakfasts and sack lunches will be provided near you, please visit www.summerfoodrocks.org  or text "FOOD" to 877-877. 

Sample Program Menu (Monday through Thursday)

Breakfast (Typically served 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

  • Monday - Thursday: Cereal, apples, breakfast crackers, 100 percent fruit juice, milk

Lunch (Typically served 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

  • Monday: PB&J cup, cheese stick, soft whole-grain pretzel, celery sticks, apple slices, baby carrots, milk
  • Tuesday: Turkey & cheese hoagie, baby carrots, apple, fruit cup, mini Rice Krispie treat, milk
  • Wednesday: Yogurt, sunflower seeds, mini bagel, broccoli, apple slices, baby carrots, milk
  • Thursday: Turkey ham and cheese sandwich, baby carrots, sour watermelon-flavored raisins, apple, school cookie treat, milk
  • Friday: District offices closed 
If you need assistance, please contact Tacoma Public Schools' Nutrition Services at 253-571-3370.