Child Meals Program
Contact: Darlene Layton, Program Director, 508-755-4362
Friendly House’s Child Meals Program prepares and delivers nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks to Worcester children at over 40 sites (youth programs, housing authorities, schools, and free feeding sites) throughout the school year and over the summer months. Funded through the USDA, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and Project Bread.
This program is designed to partner with agencies looking to feed youth in their programs.
If you are looking for family/individual food assistance, please contact social services.
Friendly House Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program was established to ensure that children in needy areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during summer vacations that are comparable to those served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs during the school year.
How does the program operate?
The program is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. State education agencies administer most programs at the State level, but other State agencies may also be designated. Food and Nutrition Service regional offices administer a few state programs. Locally, it is operated by approved sponsors, which receive reimbursement from USDA through their State agencies for the meals they serve and for their documented operating costs. Sponsors provide meals at a central site, such as a school or community center. All meals are served free to eligible participants. This program provides almost 100,000 meals to 48 sites during the summer.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – English
Declaración de no discriminación del USDA – Spanish
(Link to Menus)
(Link to Locations for free summer meals)
The Summer Food Service Program is sponsored by USDA, Department of Education and Project Bread.