Many children in our community do not have access to wholesome meals in the summer. NDS partners with churches, agencies and feeding sites in providing a boxed lunch and the choice of a breakfast or snack to neighborhood children. Eligibility for the Summer Meals program is based on area eligibility and is not child-specific. A site is eligible to participate and receive meals at no cost as long as the closest public school serves at least 50% of their students a free or reduced-price meal during the school year. NDS partners with approximately 450- 500 sites in the five county area each summer.

All meals are delivered daily “ready to eat” and no preparation is required. Sites are required to serve approximately 25 children each day and complete daily paperwork to be submitted to NDS on a weekly basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Testimonials

NDS is proud to partner with close to 500 sites. Read some of the feedback we have received from summer sites that have worked with us through the years:

Your meals are the best, and the kids love them!
Project Mercy-Tioga, Site 64
The meals are nutritionally balanced for our children’s growing minds and bodies.
Salvation Army, Site 92
NDS is responsive and organized. Our organization has a long-standing relationship with NDS.
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, Site 306
Excellent service, organized and timely, very nutritious and tasty, based on a previous relationship.
Evangelical Lutheran Church, Site 2101
Satisfied with many years of service. Meals are nutritious and well packaged.
Word Alive Learning Center, Site 381

Menus

Posted Materials

These materials must be posted at all of our summer meals sites. Feel free to print them if you need another copy.

Download & print the Field Trip Form here!

Wellness in Action Pledge Card 

2017 Summer Splash

Fun Fruits and Veggies

Other Information

NDS is a sponsor of this federal program that is run by NDS under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Sites have the option to be their own sponsor and can contract directly with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more information about direct sponsorship see PDE’s website.

For more information about federal child nutrition programs, visit the USDA website.

Click here for the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement