National Hunger Hotline and USDA Launch Annual Summer Feeding Program


The National Hunger Hotline, a service of WhyHunger’s National Hunger Clearinghouse, is partnering with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (USDA FNS) to support the annual Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP). The SFSP is a USDA program to ensure that students don’t go hungry during the summer months and continue to have access to meals even when school is closed. Free meals are made available to eligible children 18 years of age and younger. The USDA FNS has requested that sites register with the National Hunger Hotline. If you run a Summer Feeding Site please register here.

Stories from the Hotline: A mother recently called the National Hunger Hotline from Florida looking for the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps)  and was grateful to learn that her two boys would be able to get breakfast and lunch at the Summer Feeding Site located in the school across the street. She had recently received custody of her two sons and was struggling to make ends meet. Knowing that her boys would at least be fed twice a day alleviated some of the stress that she had been going through.

The National Hunger Hotline 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE  (for Spanish speakers) (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273) refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food, and build self-reliance.  Speak to a Hotline Advocate  Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST.  Hablamos español. Please note that our hours have changed.


India Rodgers