How You Can Help Kids Get Free Summer Meals


The hunger statistics in the U.S. are sobering—42 million Americans (nearly 1 out of 8) are hungry, and 13 million of them (1 out of 5) are children. Over 21 million kids benefit from free and reduced school meals during the school year, but only 17% participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Why so low? Most families unfortunately either don’t know about the program or don’t have the information on local sites like schools, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, churches, and summer camps where summer meals can be found. Thankfully, WhyHunger helps fill in the informational gap with their free Summer Meals Rock for Kids program.



WhyHunger was founded in 1975 by the late musician Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres on the fundamental belief that everyone has the right to nutritious food and hunger is a solvable problem. Their social movement to change the systems, policies, and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty brings together grassroots organizations and communities to address the inequities of poverty. WhyHunger also connects community leaders and their stories to musicians, celebrities, activists, policy makers, funders, engaged citizens, and to each other to mobilize, educate, and change the public narrative.



The Summer Meals Rock for Kids program connects children in need with free, healthy meals all summer long. Information is available through call, text, or online search using WhyHunger’s hotline and comprehensive database, which consists of over 38,000 emergency food providers and summer meals sites in the country.

  • Call the WhyHunger Hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY
  • Text the word “SUMMER” and zip code to 1-800-548-6479
  • Search the online database at



To raise money for Summer Meals Rock for Kids, WhyHunger teamed up with celebrity influencers to offer a premier collection of autographed memorabilia as part of the Charitybuzz Hot Summer Picks auction. Included are guitars signed by John Mellencamp, Jimmy Buffett, Mickey Dolenz, Styx, and Frankie Valli. Other collectibles like an Aerosmith-autographed card and a Law & Order: SVU package with signed cast script are also open for bidding.

WhyHunger is one of our favorite partners at Charitybuzz. By bidding on these unique items, you’ll help needy children gain access to the healthy, nutritious food they need and deserve. Bid now on Charitybuzz or donate directly at WhyHunger.

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