School is out, and while that is cause for celebration for many children, it’s also a source of worry for some families: approximately 20 percent of Fairfax County students receive free and reduced price meals during the school year, which means when summer ends, so does a reliable food source.
But each year the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services helps. Its Free Summer Meals for Kids Program helps ensure that local children continue to receive nutritious meals on a regular basis all summer long. From June 26 to August 25, 2017 (with the exception of July 3-4), children ages 5-18 can receive a free, healthy breakfast, lunch, or both, at designated meal sites in Fairfax County. Sites are either “open” or “closed.” Open sites, in areas where 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced price meals at school, will provide meals to all children without charge. Closed sites, in areas where less than 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced price meals at school, will provide the meals to those whose families meet the income guidelines.
No child should go hungry, especially during a time that should be fun for them. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please see the Fairfax County Summer Meals page for details.