Summer Clubs

Summer Clubs

What Are Summer Clubs?

Our Summer Club program provides meals for children who traditionally rely on their school’s free and reduced-price school meals programs during the school year. Host sites for the program are located in low-income communities and include network partner agencies, schools, and community-based organizations like The Boys & Girls Club. This program is part of MFB Kids™, a youth outreach initiative sponsored by Giant that seeks to provide children with nutrition needed to grow healthy and strong.

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How do Summer Clubs work?

Summer Clubs are held during the summer at established community organizations, where children feel happy and safe. In between arts and crafts, sports and other activities, children receive nutritious breakfasts and lunches. Clubs are held at or near schools with 50 percent or more participation in the free and reduced-price meal program to target the most food-insecure communities. Offering a safe space, friends and fun, Summer Clubs ensure that kids can be kids during the summer months, giving them a chance to grow healthy and return to school ready to learn and succeed.

Why do we need Summer Clubs?

  • Childhood hunger becomes most acute during the summer, according to the U.S.D.A.
  • Nationwide, only 3 million kids have access to free lunch and breakfast during the summer, as opposed to the 21 million who receive these meals during the school year.
  • Many kids also lose access to physical education programs and extracurricular activities during the summer.
  • After a summer without adequate nutrition or physical activity, students return to school disadvantaged and poised for failure.

What sets MFB Summer Clubs apart from similar programs?

Simple: Our meals are prepared fresh daily by professional chefs in our Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen. MFB chefs work with local produce, healthy meats, and other nutritious ingredients to produce kids’ meals of the highest quality. Coupling healthy ingredients with kid-friendly menu items, all meals adhere to the strict nutritional guidelines mandated by the U.S.D.A.

Summer Club meals are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP funding provides healthy meals and snacks to 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults and seniors each day. As a state-approved sponsor of the program, the Maryland Food Bank distributes all meals free of charge.

Want To Learn More?

Find out more about summer clubs by contacting a program coordinator with your inquiries.

You can also check out our fact sheet (PDF)!

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