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Summer Food Service Program

Free Meals Served Monday to Friday

For a complete list of Summer Food Service Program locations, please download the flyer below:

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children healthy while school is out. Each summer, youth wait for the last bell of the school year. Summer is an exciting time to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations and school districts to provide free meals to youth during the summer. There are no income requirements or registration. Youth eighteen and under, are invited to drop by any of the sites for a free, delicious and nutritionally balanced meal; there is no paperwork or residency requirement.

The Summer Food Service Program is a great way to ensure that kids get the healthy food they enjoy during the school year, even when schools are not in session. All kids are invited to drop by locations in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Amenia/Millerton and Wappingers for a meal, activities, or both!

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC), the Nutrition Advisory Committee, Poughkeepsie and Beacon City School District Food Service Departments, Kids R Kids Feeding Program and North East Community Center hope to increase participation this summer and serve over 67,000 meals throughout the county.

“The summer meal program is expanding and supporting youth all over Dutchess County. It is a great feeling knowing that we can help make sure that every child and parent is aware that free nutritious meals are available locally,” said Shayna Russo, Wellness and Childhood Obesity Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County.

The summer meals opportunities in Dutchess County are collaborative efforts with various locations and hours. Families are encouraged to call 845-677-8223 ext. 150 to find out more about all the Summer Food Service Programs being offered in your area.

Through quality educational programs, Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County builds strong, healthy youth, adults, families and communities while enhancing the economic, social, and agricultural and natural resources of Dutchess County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. The County of Dutchess partially funds Cooperative Extension programming in Dutchess County