Free meals available to Nevada children and teens this summer


Ciara Kelley
public information officer
(SPARKS, Nev.) - July 12, 2018

School may be out for kids in Nevada, but the need for healthy meals never ends. Over 262,000 students in Nevada are eligible for free and reduced lunch, making up nearly 56 percent of the student population.

“The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service program fills that gap, allowing children 18-years-old and younger access to free, nutritious food during the summer,” Diane Hogan, nutrition programs professional for the Nevada Department of Agriculture, said.

Sites throughout the state offer free meals daily for kids—no enrollment, no questions asked. Parents, children and teens can find a meal site near them by visiting or, texting “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or calling 1-866-348-6479.

The Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Option programs served nearly 577,000 meals at 280 sites across Nevada in 2017 and plan to serve at least that many meals in 2018.

To learn more about summer food service, visit

About the USDA Summer Food Service Program

At open sites, meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first-come, first-serve basis.

At closed sites, meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. (To be eligible to receive free meals at a residential or non-residential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. The income guidelines for reduced-price meals by family size can be found here.) Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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:  

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442 
  3. Email: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

About the Nevada Department of Agriculture

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) promotes a business climate that is fair, economically viable and encourages a sustainable environment that serves to protect food, fiber and human health and safety through effective service and education. The NDA includes divisions of Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry.