New Text Number Steers NJ Kids to Summer Meals 

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New text number steers NJ kids to summer meals 

The USDA has announced a new text number that parents and other caregivers can use to find free meals for children this summer.
People can text “summer meals” to 97779 or visit to find local sites. Both the text number and website provide locations, meals served and times meals are served, based on a person’s zip code.
All children need healthy nutrition all year long to grow, be healthy and succeed in school. The federal Summer Meals Food Service Program is aimed at making sure that happens.

Getting the word out about summer meals

This summer, New Jersey will have about 1,300 sites across the state where children can receive free summer meals. With a growing number of sites available, we need to make sure parents and other caregivers know where to find meals for their children this summer.

Please help us spread the word to parents about these programs by:

  • Distributing the attached flyers in locations where children and families congregate.
  • Forwarding this email to your networks.
  • Posting on social media. See sample posts.
  • If you work directly with parents and other caregivers, distribute information to your clients via e-mail and flyers. A sample message is below.

Free summer meals are available to kids and teens across [Community Name]. Many summer meals sites offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and being with friends.

Meals are free to children and teens ages 18 and younger and follow federal nutrition guidelines. At open sites, parents do not need to apply to the program or show proof of income to get a free summer meal for their kids. Simply bring your child to a summer meals site in your community.

To locate open meal sites, text “summer meals” to 97779, visit or e-mail [email protected]