Free, healthy summer meals for kids

Break for a Plate is a federally-funded, state-administered program. It reimburses providers who serve free, healthy meals to children and teens age 18 and younger during summer months when school is not in session.

While many receive free and reduced meals during the school year, children need healthy food all year long.

This is a reimbursement program based on meals served. Program sites are deemed eligible based on USDA requirements as determined by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Too many of our children are hungry:

  • 1 of 5 U.S. children lack enough nutritious food
  • 1 in 4 Alabama children live in families with food hardships
  • Nearly 60% of Alabama public school children eat free/reduced school lunches
  • Alabama is the nation’s sixth poorest state, with 300,000 children living in poverty.
  • In 2014, 76 sponsors served 1,995,852 meals. In 2017, 114 sponsors served 2,896,580 meals.

Child hunger, malnutrition contribute to:

  • Stunted growth, risk of illness, obesity, hospitalizations
  • Poor school performance, disruptive behavior, emotional problems
  • Decreased workforce readiness and skills
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