Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is once again, in 2019, providing free breakfast and lunch to children age 1 to 19 this summer. The meals will be served at 64 CMS schools. This is not something parents have to apply for. All children are eligible.
To see which schools are participating, check out this list. Or call Child Nutrition Services at 980-343-6041. The start and end dates vary by school. Some schools will start serving meals on June 12th, 2019.
CMS Lunch Express will be available for some areas where it’s difficult for students to get to a feeding site.
CMS’s Summer Food Service Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through the NC Department of Public Instruction. CMS is reimbursed for the cost of the meals served to eligible children.
Not in Mecklenburg County? Visit this site to see if there are participating locations in your community. Or text FOOD to 877877 and then enter your zip code. You’ll get a message with information about the closest summer food site.
It’s important to understand that this program is not a Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools program. It’s a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Summer Food Service Program. It’s administered by states. Local organizations manage the programs, but the food is paid for by the Department of Agriculture, because it is in our country’s best interest for our children to not go hungry.
The Summer Food Service Program was first created as part of a larger pilot program in 1968. It became a separate program in 1975.
In many areas, the summer food program is held in community centers, camps, health clinics, hospitals, churches and other locations. If you are involved in an organization and you’d like to take part in helping to feed children this summer through the USDA program, this toolkit will help you get started.