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Child Nutrition Programs

Foodshare plays a critical role in meeting the needs of the 1 in 7 children who struggle with hunger in Greater Hartford. In addition to distributing food to local programs, Foodshare collaborates with community partners including End Hunger Connecticut! to connect more families to the federal nutrition programs that provide kids with the nutrients they need to learn and grow. Through outreach and promotion, we work with partners to help raise awareness about where families can access free meals for kids.

  • Free Summer Meals

    The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the USDA and administered by the Connecticut State Department of Education in areas that qualify. Through this program, all kids and teens 18 and younger can access free nutritious meals while school is out in local schools, parks, libraries, and more. There is no paperwork or documentation needed. Everyone who is 18 or younger eats!

    Summer Meals in Hartford Neighborhoods
    All Hartford Flyers
    Asylum Hill
    Barry Square
    Behind The Rocks
    Blue Hills
    Clay Arsenal
    Frog Hollow
    Sheldon - Charter Oak
    South End
    South Green
    South West
    Upper Albany
    West End
    Summer Meals Outside of Hartford
    East Hartford
    New Britain
    West Hartford

    To find a Summer Meals site near you, visit or dial 2-1-1 on your phone. You can also text CTMEALS to 877877.

    Non-USDA Options

    Some towns offer their own meals in the summer.


    This year, as part of the Healthy Kids Summer Meals campaign, Foodshare will collaborate with Fox61, iHeart Radio and community partners to promote Summer Meals sites. Throughout the summer we will be in the community promoting our Summer Meals Site of the Day in local parks, businesses, community centers, and more.

    Site of the Day

    Bristol Public Library • 5 High Street, Bristol
    Lunch: 11:30 - 1:30
    Site Open: June 18 - August 17

    How You Can Help

    Take action by helping Foodshare promote the Summer Meals program! To help prevent hunger in our community, follow these steps:

    • Spread the word! By letting family and friends about Summer Meals, you can make a huge difference to the 1 in 7 kids in Greater Hartford who worry about getting enough food.
    • Share on social media! By posting your local Summer Meals Flyer or letting your followers know about the site, the CTMeals to 877-877 texting feature, or the 211 call option, you are giving your community quick and easy ways to access free food. You can also link Foodshare’s Summer Meals page to your website and share our posts.
    • Spread some Flyers! Request flyers from Summer Meals Coordinator, Angelina Opoku at and share them with local businesses, community centers, and organizations. You can also bring them to summer fun spots including pools, parks, block parties, and more!

    How did you hear about Summer Meals? Chances are, you found out through social media, word of mouth, or flyers. These are our most effective means of promotion, shared by everyday people just like you. Hunger is a growing issue, and your effort can help a child find a free, nutritious meal.

Thank you to our partners!

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Fox 61    •    iHeart Media Communities

Take Action

Become involved in our Hunger Action Team work to help promote access to these programs and other community resources.

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How You Can Help

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Take action today and donate your time to Foodshare. We offer a variety of opportunities to get involved and give back.

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Financial gifts help more of our neighbors access nutritious food. Your donation can be the difference between hunger and health.

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Join us for events that raise awareness and support for the Foodshare mission, or host an event of your own.

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Raise your voice to help end hunger in Greater Hartford. Together we can build systemic solutions that bring lasting change.

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