Free summer meal program for youth starts June 29th

Thousands of Seattle children ages 1 through 18 will enjoy free breakfasts and lunches this summer through the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded program, formerly known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” is open to children at qualifying sites. From June 29 through August 26, 2016 the meals will be served at approximately 100 sites across the city—including designated community centers, Seattle park playgrounds, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other community sites throughout Seattle and parts of King County.

Meals open to public: The majority of sites will offer meals to the public and all children 18 years old and younger can come to have a meal.

Meals for children enrolled in programs: Some of the meal sites (about 30) offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, where free meals will be served to all children enrolled in the program.

To enroll families who qualify at or below the levels in the following table are encouraged to apply on the Summer Food Service website.

Household Size Yearly Income Monthly Income Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly Income
1 $21,775 $1,850 $908 $838  $419
2 29,471 2,456 1,228 1,134   567
3 37,167 3,098 1,549 1,430   715
4 44,863 3,739 1,870 1,726   863
5 52,559 4,380 2,190 2,022   1,011
6 60,225 5,022 2,511 2,318 1,159
7 67,951 5,663 2,832 2,614 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 3,152 2,910 1,455
For each additional family member: +7,696 +642 +321 +296 +148

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email:

For a complete list of sites and hours for the Summer Food Service Program, you can call 206-386-1140 or visit

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The Seattle Human Services Department is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net as it provides $99 million in funding through 522 contracts to nearly 200 agencies that support Seattle’s most vulnerable residents each year.  The department works closely with its community partners, including other public and nonprofit funders and service providers, to understand current and emerging human service needs, and to create and invest in a comprehensive and integrated regional human services system.