Connecting Kids to Meals this Summer

This year marks Operation Food Search’s tenth year as a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Funded by the USDA, SFSP ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Kids are more at risk for hunger when school is out, and this program provides a crucial link to nutrition normally obtained within schools.

Serving children is at the heart of what we do at Operation Food Search. As an SFSP sponsor, OFS will connect thousands of children 18 and under with meals across the metro region. An SFSP sponsorship means we use our knowledge of food distribution to allow our partners to do what they do best — serve the children in their own community. OFS maintains a contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate this program, which allows us to purchase and deliver meals to organizations that serve the public directly. This consistent and sustainable program allows us to put significant food resources into the community.

Meal Distribution Options

OFS has adapted to provide even more meals safely during the pandemic.

Milwaukee Parks

Schools

Grab-And-Go

Fourth Option?

In order to serve children where they live and play, OFS relies on strong partnerships with community organizations across the region. Operation Food Search provides ready-to-eat meals to our partner organizations, and return, partners host daily meal service for the kids in their neighborhood. Successful partnerships include public libraries, summer day camps, and recreation centers. Meal sites must be located in low-income areas that qualify based on federal guidelines.

‘Summer Meals’ provides 200k+ summertime meals for children in 2021

Summertime is a peak season for childhood hunger as students go without meals they would normally receive at school. To combat summer hunger, the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children aged 18 or younger during the summer months. Hunger Task Force administers the SFSP in such a large and inclusive way that it’s often dubbed the “Milwaukee Model.”

Summer Meals program feeds youth and connects drivers to community

Arriving in a white transit van adorned with “Salvation Army Feed The Kids” decals, Jamal Turrentine and Isaiah Henderson pull up next to the splash pad at Carver Park in Milwaukee. As the duo exit the vehicle, a modest line begins to form at the back where…

Find Free Meals in Your Area

Text FOOD to 304-304

and receive a text with the address and program information for sites closest to you, or check out our location map.

Find Free Meals in Your Area

Text FOOD to 304-304

and receive a text with the address and program information for sites closest to you, or check out our location map.