Free Meals for Kids Available During Summer Throughout Rochester

Free Meals for Kids Available During Summer Throughout Rochester


By Spectrum News Staff

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Nutritious, free meals are available to kids in communities across the region. The Summer Meals Program is underway in Rochester.

It’s hard to even think about children going hungry, but it is happening. That’s why each summer, the city of Rochester and towns around Monroe County team up with Foodlink to provide free breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and under.

Each summer, this meal program serves more than 300,000 free meals to local kids, which is important as Rochester has one of the worst child poverty rates in the nation. Foodlink says one in five children in the 10-county region has limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

Community agencies, schools, churches and recreation center will serve breakfast and lunch all summer, Monday through Friday. There are summer meal locations in towns like Greece, Henrietta and Irondequoit.

Families do not need to apply. There is blanket eligibility for all children and youth under the age of 18 to participate. No paperwork is required.

In Rochester, those interested can call 428-7872 for more information on locations and times.

The USDA also has a complete list of free meal locations for the entire country available at its website under Summer Food Rocks.

Parents and families in need are encouraged to help kids be a part of this free summer meal program.