The Summer Meals Program connects children ages 18 and younger with healthy meals at locations across the region. Funded in part by the USDA, the program is designed to provide kids who are at risk for hunger and obesity with nutritious food when school is out.

Our Food & Fun Club provides a mini-camp experience for children who may not have access to traditional day camps. The healthy meals fuel growing bodies, and engaging activities enrich curious minds and help them hit their “summer stride.”

Meal Distribution Options

OFS has adapted to provide even more meals safely during the pandemic.

Rural Partnerships

Grab-and-Go Meals

Drive-Through Meal Pickup

Mobile Meal Routes

Key Facts

One in 12 eligible Missouri children receives summer meals. OFS is working to increase this participation rate through improved access.
In 2019, OFS served nearly 90,000 meals at locations across the region.
OFS provided summer meals at 74 locations in 2019.
Recognizing the number of people who struggle with hunger in rural counties, OFS expanded to Jefferson County and Warren County in a pilot project to provide summer meals.

How Summer Meals Impact Children

Support healthy growth and development

Help students hit their “summer stride,” retaining academic skills and knowledge

Provide safe, active spaces for children

Find Free Meals in Your Area

Text FOOD to 877-877

and receive a text with the address and program information for sites closest to you, or check out our location map.


Interested in serving as a Summer Meals host site?

Please fill out the application.

This program or parts of this program may be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service as part of the USDA Summer Food Service Program, in accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Office of Adjudication & Compliance, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410  or call (202) 260-1026, (866) 632-9992 (toll free), or (202) 401-0216.