Summer is coming! Become a Summer Food Service Program sponsor or site


With the help of several sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program works to feed thousands of children in Ohio. Since 2014, Ohio has increased participation in the program by 10 percent. Despite these numbers, many Ohio parents and caregivers are forced to make difficult decisions daily to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and youth, struggling with hunger daily.

This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs and is actively seeking local nonprofit agencies to take part as sponsors or sites by providing free meals to children. The program especially needs to be expanded in southern Ohio counties, where families struggle with food insecurity, and in rural areas where migrant families live.

Through the program, free meals are provided at schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, parks, camps, community centers, swimming pools, libraries, low-income housing complexes and more. Organizations interested in becoming Summer Food Service Program sponsors or sites should complete the Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program potential sponsor survey.
The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, reimburses sponsoring agencies that serve nutritionally adequate meals to low-income children or children living in Ohio’s low-income areas. The Ohio Department of Education administers the Summer Food Service Program. Find more details on the Department’s website.