Summer Feeding Programs
Healthy Summer Meals Make a Difference
  • In Texas, more than 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger.
  • When the school year ends, children often lose access to consistent, nutritious school meals.
  • The Summer Meals Program ensures more Texas children have enough food for an active, healthy life.


The Summer Meals Program provides meals at no cost to children and teens 18 years old and younger in low-income areas.

Participating families do not have to apply register or provide identification. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Summer Meals Program – including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the Summer Meals Program in Texas.

Two Ways Local Organizations Can Participate in the Summer Meals Program:

  • Contracting entities (CEs) enter into a contract with TDA to operate the Summer Meals Program. CEs are also called sponsors. CEs may manage one or more sites.
  • Community organizations serve meals at sites under the direction of a CE. The meal sites are in safe and supervised locations.


How to Support Summer Meals in Texas

1. Promote Summer Meals in your Community

      • Use TDA resources to increase awareness of the Summer Meals Program in your community. TDA offers a variety of downloadable outreach materials, including social media images, web banners, posters and more at SummerFood.org/OutreachTools.
      • Contact TDA: (877) TEX-MEAL


2. Host a Summer Meal Site

      • Organizations partner with a CE to serve meals in a group setting at schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, apartment complexes, churches or migrant centers.
      • The CE provides the meals to the site operator and ensures all financial and administrative responsibilities are met. Site supervisors receive training from the CE. The CE may require the site operator to sign an agreement that outlines the site’s responsibilities.
      • Next Step to Become a Site Operator: Visit Squaremeals.org/ESC to locate and contact your regional education service center (ESC) for more information. The ESCs can give you information about the CEs that manage summer meal sites in your region.


3. Become a Summer Meals Contracting Entity

      • A CE contracts directly with TDA to operate one or more approved meal sites. CEs exercise administrative oversight for meal sites and must conduct a nonprofit food service. An organization is eligible to apply to be a CE if it is a governmental entity, a public or private nonprofit school, a public or private nonprofit residential camp, or a private nonprofit organization.
      • Recommendation for prospective CEs: TDA recommends organizations operate as a meal site under an experienced CE for at least a year before applying to become a CE. This has been shown to provide a foundation for long-term success as a program operator.
      • Next Step to Become a Contracting Entity: Visit Squaremeals.org/ESC to locate and contact your regional ESC for more information.

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Visit the Texas Comptroller to check payment status:

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Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller