Summer is the hungriest time of year for millions of kids. Free meals for kids are available this summer at participating sites across the state. Parents and guardians can pick up these free meals on behalf of their children and there are even options for kids to eat on site.

Save your family time and money with free summer meals! No application or registration needed, just stop by and enjoy. To find meal sites near you, visit the link below or text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304.

Group of six children holding lunch trays at a school with a whimsical tree with colorful leaves painted on a white brick wall behind them.
Caretaker with child mixing a batter and talking on the phone in a home kitchen.

Do you need help buying groceries?

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a state and federal nutrition program that helps you stretch your grocery budget to buy healthy food at grocery stores, convenience stores, some farmers markets and other places across the state. SNAP benefits are given each month on an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card which works like a debit card.

You can apply for SNAP with one of our counselors at an SC Thrive site or over the phone with our Contact Center at 800.726.8774.

Hunger is closer than you think. SC Thrive is partnering with No Kid Hungry to improve healthy food access!

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No Kid Hungry
  • No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty. No Kid Hungry South Carolina is a public-private coalition working to ensure no kid will grow up hungry.

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Help Spread the Word

Help spread the word about free summer meals. Download these shareable resources to get the word out about available meals for kids this summer.