• Free Summer Meals for Every Kid!

    Summer is an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool. However, for many children summer can mean hunger. Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

    Free breakfast and lunch is available to ALL kids ages 18 and younger — not just Oxford School District students.

    No residence or school requirements.
    No proof of income required.
    No application necessary.

    Just show up and enjoy a nutritious meal!

    This summer, breakfast and lunch will be served every weekday from June 3 through July 19, 2019. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    The two summer meal sites that families, churches and community organizations can easily access are:

    Oxford Intermediate School
    501 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive
    Oxford, MS 38655
    *Due to construction at OIS, please only use the front entrance.

    Oxford Middle School
    222 Bramlett Boulevard
    Oxford, MS 38655

    Adults may purchase meals at a very low cost also: breakfast is $1.75, and lunch is $3.75.

    USDA logo All meals served are healthy and follow the same U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition guidelines the school districts follow during the regular school year. Oxford School District does not provide transportation to our meal site.

    If you have questions about Summer Meals, contact the Child Nutrition Office at (662) 234-3541.

  • Is it true what parents say about summer meals?

    1. Myth: Summer Meal Programs are only for young children.
      Fact: Anyone 18 and under can receive meals through USDA’s Summer Meal Programs! Teens face the same risks of food insecurity in the summer, so make sure your teens are taking advantage of free Summer Meals too!
    2. Myth: To get a meal, I have to sign my children up at the site ahead of time.
      Fact: Oxford has “open sites,” which means they are open to the community and do not require that children sign up in advance or even “check-in” at the site. Children and teens must simply show up at the site to get their meal. Remember, the meal has to be eaten at the site! Most residential and day camps do require that you sign up for their program in advance in order to receive free meals.
    3. Myth: I already receive benefits from SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), so my children cannot receive meals from this Program.
      Fact: USDA’s Summer Meal Programs supplement the meals that your children receive during the school year. Regardless of what other assistance your family may receive, open Summer Meal Program sites will provide meals for your children.
    4. Myth: I should not send my children to a Summer Meal site because we are doing better than some other families, and I don’t want to take a meal away from someone who needs it more.
      Fact: Sponsors prepare and distribute meals based on the number of children and teens that come to their sites. They are reimbursed by USDA for these meals, so if there is an increase in attendance at the site, the sponsors can plan to provide more meals the next day.