Summer Meals

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded, state-administered program. USDA reimburses program operators who serve no-cost, healthy meals and snacks to children and teens. Meals are completely free of charge for any children 18 years of age and under. Students must be present to receive the meal, parents are not allowed to pick up meals for their children.

Read the Press Release for the 2024 Summer Meals Program

Summer break starts soon, and summer meal sites will be ready to greet students for free summer meal distribution. The Utica City School District has some fun and exciting summer activities lined up that your families will not want to miss when picking up lunches! Come play some games! Create arts and crafts! Have you tried to build a bridge or sat in the spun chair with the Mobile Museum? How about greeting some of your favorite small animals from the Utica Zoo? The opportunities will be yours!

The Utica Public Library will be bringing games, books and crafts from 11am-2pm at the following sites: July 11th at Jefferson, July 19th at Kernan, July 26th at MLK, August 2nd at Watson Williams, August 9th at Hughes, August 14th at Proctor

The Mobile Children’s Museum will be at: Kernan on July 15th from 12pm-2pm

The Utica Zoomobile will be at: Kernan on July 3rd and MLK on July 5th from 11am-2pm  

To find out if you may be eligible for SNAP or for information about Free Summer Meals, contact the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program in Oneida County by calling LIFE at RCIL at (315) 272-2908 or email


City Limits Utica Schools Summer Lunch Program