When the school year ends in June, kids lose access to free school breakfast and lunch programs. Without these programs, kids often need help to access fresh and nutritious foods over the summer.

To help combat child summer hunger, Philabundance is launching a meal box program called “Let’s Eat.”

Starting June 13th, we will distribute 2,000 meal kits per week for eight weeks, each providing eight meals (4 servings per dish).

125,000+ meals
2,000 meal kits per week over 8 weeks

Meal Kits

Each meal kit will feature two recipes: one created by a local and acclaimed chef, the other by our team at the Philabundance Community Kitchen, special for this project and will also include educational resources for children and families like nutrition education and cooking tips.

Meal examples are Southern Vegetable Soup, Spicy Black Bean Quesadillas, and Vietnamese Chicken Vermicelli bowls.

See Recipes

Distribution Locations

Let’s Eat is a collaborative effort.

To reach as many people as possible, we are partnering with local community-based agencies in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey for meal kit distribution.

See All Locations

Program Resources

In addition to Let’s Eat meal kits, we will highlight an educational or community resource each week.

Summer meals programs will be a bit different this summer

Over the past two summers, there were less strict rules so that meals could be served with COVID-safe practices. Those more flexible rules have not been put in place for this summer. That means:

  • Kids will need to eat at the summer meals site instead of taking “grab & go” boxes home.
  • Kids will need to eat the meal during the site’s meal service time.
  • There will be fewer summer meals sites in some areas because the rule that let all sites across the country feed all children under age 18 for free has ended. However, many high need areas will still offer free meals to all children.
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Resource Spotlight

How to find free summer meals for your children

There are a few different tools to find summer meals: online maps, texting, and even phone options.

  • Online maps:
    • For USDA’s summer map tool locator, go to fns.usda.gov/meals4kids. Click on the map and type in your address to find sites near you.
    • The map is also available in Spanish. Just click on the word “Spanish” listed under “Find Meals for Kids” on the left-hand side of the map.
    • When you click on a site, it will list the site name, address, start and end dates, days of operation, and the times meals are served.
  • Texting service from No Kid Hungry:
    • Text the word “Food” to 304-304 (in Spanish Texto “comida” al 304-304)
    • You will get a text back that asks you to enter your address
    • You will be sent information about the nearest meal site
  • Phone options:
    • Call the USDA National Hunger Hotline: 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)
    • In Spanish: 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273)
    • The hotline is operated by Hunger Free America and can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Note: Some meals sites are open most of the summer, while others operate for a few weeks. Meals may also be served at different times (some serve breakfast and lunch, while others serve lunch and snack). Make sure to note these details when you use the above tools.

Other local mapping resources:

  • Coalition Against Hunger summer meals map for southeast PA: phillysummermeals.org
  • City of Philadelphia Food Resources map gives details about food distribution sites, senior meal sites, outdoor meal sites, and summer meal sites in Philadelphia only: phila.gov/food

Basic Info

  • Service dates and times will vary by distribution location.  
  • Meal kits will be distributed on a first come first serve bases.  
  • Meal-kits will be distributed twice per week at most locations.  
  • The Chefs we partnered with on the recipes are: 
    Meredith Laurence (Blue Jean Chef)

    Robert Bynum (SOUTH) 
    Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina)
    Erik Oberholtzer (Tender Greens)
    Elias Bitar (Norma’s)
    Rosemarie Tran (Melograno)
    Ellen Yin (Fork)
    Daniel Stern (R2L)
    Philabundance Community Kitchen team.