No kids hungry this summer! Here is a rundown of FREE summer meal programs available for families in the area. Most are open to children ages 18 and younger, many do not have any eligibility requirements -- any child is welcome to participate. Most run weekdays only, Monday through Friday with no meals served on July 4. Please use comments field below to share any others not listed.
Below are a listing of the programs that have been verified for summer 2020.
Chicopee FRESH: available M, W, F from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., pick up two breakfasts and two lunches per child per day, child does not have to be present to receive meals, no ID, no registration, see link for 14 pickup locations, available through August 21.
Easthampton: available M, W, F from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., pick up two breakfasts and two lunches per child per day, at Easthampton High School, Maple School and the Pleasant Green Park (122 Pleasant St.) On days of sustained rain, distribution of all meals will be from EHS, available through August 21, no sign up required.
Gill-Montague District: available M, W, F from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (see link for specific times per site), pick up two breakfasts and two lunches per child per day, child does not have to be present to receive meals, no ID, no registration, see link for pickup locations, available through August 21. *see link for different distribution during July 4 holiday week.
Holyoke: grab and go breakfast and lunch meals available through August 21, pick up M, W, F from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., see link for pickup locations. Dinner pick up also available M-F at different sites, see link for times and locations.
Northampton: meal pickup available T & Th beginning at 11 a.m., see link for pickup sites.
Springfield: Over 50 sites with various dates and times -- check the link to see the whole list. All open to anyone ages 18 and younger. Breakfast, lunch and snack offered at various sites -- details in link, no residency requirement, no registration. .
Ware: grab and go meals available July 6-August 7 for all youth ages 18 and under, no ID or registration required, pickup available from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., see link for locations,
West Springfield: grab and go meals available for pickup from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., at West Springfield High School and West Springfield Boys & Girls Club, see link for details.
Westfield: through August 28, rain or shine, open to kids ages 1-18, each child receives one lunch bag and one breakfast bag for the next day, see link for pickup sites and times; lunches and breakfasts also available for pickup through August 21 at Westfield Middle School and Abner Gibbs School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
You can check for other locations using these links: