“When school lets out for summer, millions of children lose access to school breakfast and lunch and are at risk of going hungry. Our summer meal programs work to make sure that doesn’t happen.” -USDA Food & Nutrition Service
Did you know that 1 in 4 Austin, TX households are food insecure? Access to basic needs is a fundamental right, and United Way for Greater Austin is proud of the work our 2-1-1 Navigation team plays in ensuring that families have access to resources like nutritious, affordable food all year round. During the school year many families rely on the free breakfast and lunch program that is offered for qualifying families through the public school system. That benefit is not available when the school year ends, so funders and providers are coming together to ensure there is access to food available during these summer months.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is offered throughout the state of Texas. In the Greater Austin area our 2-1-1 Navigation team works hard to make sure families have accurate, up-to-date information on which locations in their area are offering food, and when.
The SFSP program partners offer FREE food throughout the state to:
- · All children, 18 and under, no questions asked.
- · To individuals 19 years and older who have a mental or physical disability, and participate during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program.
There are no other qualifications to receive the free meals. The program runs from June 1st – August 31st, and meals may include breakfast and lunch. There are over 60 sites in Austin/Travis County, and many more in our surrounding counties servicing families in need. For more information on programs running close to you and their availability, call 2-1-1 today.
Additional information on these services can be found on these websites: