The Center for Targeted Populations

Summer Food Service Program

Here on Long Island, nearly 90,000 children receive free or reduced-cost school lunches.  For many, school meals are their primary sources of nourishment, and when school lets out for summer vacation, they lose this essential source of nourishment.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Summer Food Service Program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, during the summer months when they are out of school.

In 2018, Island Harvest is once again involved in the Summer Food Service Program. The program serves nearly 9,000 children and operates at 83 sites which are run by local governments and other non-profit organizations.  You can call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-348-6479 or select Nassau or Suffolk to find a Summer Food Service Program near you. We will serve over 212,000 lunches and snacks to Long Island’s children for 10 weeks throughout the summer.

At our open sites, free meals are available to all children ages 18 and under. We do not require families to provide income information, register, or complete other  paperwork. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability, and there is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  For more information, please contact Maria Quiroga at maria@islandharvest.org , or call (631) 873-4775 ext. 212.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.