Summer Meals Grant

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Grant Description

The 2021 Summer Meals Grant Program will provide financial support to Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors to assist with direct expenses related to providing meals to children in their community. This summer, the Grant Program will focus on sponsors committed to expanding access to summer meals.

Grants will range from $500 to $10,000, with funding prioritized for initiatives aimed at increasing access to meals for children during the summer months. While all proposals will be considered, we are particularly interested in supporting adoption of established and emerging best practices around increasing participation, including: 

  • Opening new meal sites
  • Launching or expanding alternative meal service models (such as meal pick-up, bulk and/or multiple meals, transporting and delivering meals to children at home)
  • Partnering with other community organizations or institution (such as summer school, camps, libraries, food pantries and food distribution)
  • Developing and implementing incentive programs

Key Dates

Summer 2021

April 7 - April 28

Grants range from

For the following:

  • Expansion costs for new or existing sites, such as startup planning and labor, equipment, implementation of new meal service models, etc
  • Transportation costs associated with delivering meals to multiple locations or directly to children's homes (vehicle, vehicle maintenance and repair, fuel costs for vehicles)
  • Equipment costs needed for the safe preparation, storage, and distribution of meals
  • Transportation costs associated with delivering meals to multiple locations or directly to children's homes
  • Outreach costs for enhanced marketing and advertising
  • Covid-related expenses such as additional labor costs, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or packaging to ensure safety of staff and safe production, handling, and distribution of meals, and increased food and ingredient costs
  • And more!

Summer Meals Grant:

Milo, Maine

Milo, Maine is a town plagued by child hunger. 92% of school-age children qualify for free meals at school and during the summer while school is out, these children struggle to access the nutrition they need. Summer meals have been historically served by the school during the two…

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Previous Reports

2019 2018 2017 2016

16 County Competition

The 16 County Competition runs from mid June to late August (no sign-up required). The Summer Food Service Program in each county that has the biggest summer over summer increase in participation wins a $500 award.

Past Challenge winners

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