Spread the Word About Summer Meals in NC

When school lets out for summer, it can mean trouble for the many students who depend on free school meals.

That's why the NC Department of Public Instruction administers USDA-funded programs to meet that need in the summer months. Almost 3,000 sites serve free, healthy meals to kids ages 18 and younger around North Carolina—and require no ID or registration.

But last year, only 12% of 900,000 kids who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, and their younger siblings at home, received the NC summer meals.

So we need your help spreading the word about this great program to make sure the kids who need it, know about it.

Start by adding one of the images below to your organization's website or social media account, and link it to: http://nokidhungrync.org/find-a-free-summer-meals-site-near-you/ (Right click and choose "Save Image As..." to download images.)

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Then, explore the links to the right to:

  • Learn more about summer meals in North Carolina.
  • Find a site near you.
  • Consider volunteering at a site this summer.
  • Meet summer meals mascot Ray, and follow him on social media, or request an appearance.

Find Free Summer Meals Near You

Available June through August

Find meals near you:

Don't forget:

  • Contact sites to verify information
  • Check school, district, or organization's website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date information

Summer Meals

Summer Home

SummerPalooza! Summits

Ray, NC Summer Meals Mascot

Ray Appearance Request

Fast Facts



Resources and Materials

NC Sponsor Pre-Screen

Capacity Builder Map (USDA)

Outreach Materials

Web Buttons

More Summer Meals Resources
and Materials