Summer Food Program


As the school year wraps up, BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department is preparing to sponsor the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in over 100 open sites across the city. These SFSP open sites provide FREE breakfast and lunch to all children and youth, 18 years of age and under.  No registration or IDs necessary.

SFSP open sites will run from July 1-August 28, 2015.* For an updated list of open sites and service times, click here to visit the “Summer Food Service Program 2015” page on this blog. Or call the Project Bread Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 for more information.

Also summer menus are now available! Click here, to see the SFSP Menus for July-August 2015.

Have a great summer! Hope you will come on down to an open site near you to enjoy healthy, tasty meals this summer!



*Select sites will be open through September 4, 2015.  These sites will be highlighted on the “Summer Food Service Program 2015” page on this blog later this summer.




On July 10th, 2014 BPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) kicked off the summer with a barbeque at the Thomas M. Menino Community Center in Roslindale.  The youth from the community center enjoyed hot dogs, watermelon slices, coleslaw and potato salad prepared by Whitsons Culinary Group, this year’s Summer Food Service Program vendor.

Guest speakers included Kurt Messner, an Acting Regional Administrator from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Katie Millet, Executive Director of the Office for Nutrition, Health & Safety Programs at the Department of Early and Secondary Education (DESE), Edith Murnane, Director of Food Initiatives for the City of Boston, Deb Ventricelli, BPS FNS Deputy Director, and Cynthia Johnson, Director of the Thomas M. Menino Community Center.

Representatives from Chop Chop Magazine, the New England Dairy Council, and Project Bread also joined the festivities to promote the Summer Food Service Program.  For more images from the event, check out the article on Wicked Local.

Wondering where to find lunch this summer? Visit an open site this summer!  Details about open sites can be found at the Summer Food Service Program resource page.



That’s right!  School is out, and summer programs across the city of Boston start today.

USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals for ALL children 18 years of age and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. This year, SFSP will run from  June 30,  2014 through August 29, 2014.   SFSP is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early and Secondary Education and sponsored by USDA, Project Bread and the Boston Public Schools, Department of Food and Nutrition Services.

For a print-friendly list of open sites, click here to download a PDF. Or check out this map to find a location nearest to you!

For additional information about these open sites, please call Project Bread’s Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

Have a great summer!


Did you see our Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ads at a bus stop near you?  This summer we put up a series of these ads across the city to let folks know that FREE SUMMER MEALS are available!

If you are 18 years of age and under, there’s still time for you to come and join us for breakfast and/or lunch (on us!).  Boston’s SFSP will be serving free summer meals until August 30, 2013.   Click here to see an interactive map of all of our open sites or check out the SFSP information page for more details.

Enjoy the rest of summer!


This summer, Boston Public School has taken a new approach to summer meals.  In addition to the summer meals offered at designated summer feeding sites, Boston Pubic Schools in partnership with Preferred Meals has taken this show on the road with a “food truck”.  Offering free breakfast and lunch to all youth under the age of 19, this truck is making stops around town at locations such as Franklin Park Zoo, Christian Science Center, and Carson Beach.  Check out the article from Saturday’s Boston Globe about Boston’s innovative approach to reach more students with healthy free meals during the summer time.

Look out for the Summer Meals Food Truck and join us for breakfast or lunch (or both!)!





Yesterday, July 10, 2013, BPS Food and Nutrition Services hosted the annual Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Kick-Off BBQ at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury.  Special guest speakers included Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at USDA, James Arena-DeRosa, Northeast Regional Administrator for USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services, Robert Leshin, Assistant Director of MA Department of Early and Secondary Education, and our very own Michael Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department.*


Our speakers reminded students about the importance of the SFSP, particularly in Boston where there are more summer food service sites than there are schools in the Boston Public Schools.  This year MA has over 830 SFSP sites across the state, and 150 of those sites are located in Boston.

SFSP2013_OpenSite_MapThe SFSP offers free meals for children 18 years of age and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap. This year the program will run from July 1, 2013 through August 30, 2013. Click here to see an interactive map of all of our open sites or check out the SFSP information page for more details.

Over 120 youth came through the barbeque line yesterday and enjoyed a delicious lunch of hot dogs, grilled chicken, coleslaw, watermelon and milk. Also special thanks to our partners at Fuel Up to Play 60, Project Bread and the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness who brought all sorts of fun games and giveaways for the kids.


Don’t miss out on breakfast or lunch just because school is out this summer!  Come eat at an SFSP site near you this summer!

*Mayor Thomas M. Menino was also scheduled to speak, but was unable to attend.

July 10, 2012 at the Lila Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, BPS hosted an annual BBQ to kick off the free summer meals program in the City of Boston.  Special guest speakers included Mayor Menino, Miranda Miranda on behalf of USDA Northeast Regional Office, Sam Depina on behalf of BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson, Michael Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Over 250 kids, 18 and under, enjoyed a healthy lunch of grilled BBQ chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, milk and juice.  USDA’s Power Panther mascot along with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness’ (BCFF) mascot, Dougie the Apple and Get Fresh Crew also joined the festivities to encourage students to continue eating healthy through the summer.

FREE SUMMER MEALS are available for children and teens 18 and under at over 40 Boston Public School sites and over 100 community sites across the city.  No registration or ID is necessary.  Sites are open now through August 31st and many offer full day programs with learning and entertainment opportunities. A full list of free summer meal sites is available on the web at:

Come have lunch at a summer meal site near you!

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