Summer Meals

What do children do for lunch in food-insecure households during the long, hot summer?

With the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) and its expanding Summer Meals Program, more South Jersey children and teens are being served nutritious meals this summer, following a record-setting year of service in response to the global pandemic impacting child feeding during the summer of 2020 – when FBSJ served 238,986 meals across 131 designated Summer Meals Program locations, with another 10,834 meals served by FBSJ’s mobile meals initiatives, including FBSJ’s School Bus Café.

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Summer Meals served to children in 2020.

It is estimated that over 62,650 children in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties are facing food insecurity. These are beautiful, active and hope-filled young citizens who deserve our help. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the food-insecurity hunger ratio for children in this region rose from 1 in every 8 children to 1 in ever 5 children and, for some communities 1 in ever 4 children.

More than 26,500 additional children have become food insecure throughout South Jersey due to the pandemic. These children live in homes with parents overwhelmed with the reality of needing to rely on food assistance for the first time, these children are the most vulnerable victims of COVID.

For this reason, the Food Bank of South Jersey has made a commitment to significantly expand our Summer Meals program. During 2020, our child feeding program, including Summer Meals, distributed nearly ONE MILLION MEALS to children throughout South Jersey. We hope that this will begin to reverse this disturbing trend. We have the sites, the children and the food; now we need your help, individuals and corporate partners who care about bringing smiles to the warm hearts of these impressionable children.


Ways to #EndSummerHunger

BECOME A SUMMER MEALS SPONSOR #SummerMeals2021

We know that you share our concern for this vulnerable population. We hope that you’ll do more than empathize from afar, but instead take a bold step and join us to help them… to ensure that they don’t go without food at a time when they should be happy and having fun.  Learn more. Learn about other ways to be a Summer Meals Sponsor by emailing partner@foodbanksj.org or call 856.662.4884

DONATE A LUNCH #SummerMeals2021

Every $1 you give provides 3 meals. For just one $30 donation, 90 meals can be distributed to children throughout our region. DONATE A LUNCH HERE!


Learn how to become a Summer Meals site by contacting summermeals@foodbanksj.org or call 856.662.4884

2021 Sponsors