No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Texting Program

The district is providing this information directly from the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices, a resource for combating child hunger in the United States.

No Kid Hungry logoNo Kid Hungry is proud to promote its summer meals texting hotline, which began in 2013 and is entering its fifth year of operation. This hotline allows children and families to easily and quickly identify open summer meals sites in their area with the use of a cell phone. We continue to see strong growth in the use of this national service. In 2016, there were 55,000 total texts from users in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, a six percent increase over the previous year.

Simple to Use!

To receive information about open summer meals sites, users text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877, and receive a text back prompting them to enter an addressscreenshot of cell phone instructions for texting (either their home address or any other location of their choosing). Once the user replies with a full address and/or zip code, the service provides information about nearby meals sites, or information about how to access sites if none are located in the vicinity.

What about Spanish?

The texting hotline also has a Spanish keyword! Text ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find summer meals sites in Spanish, using the same process described above.

How does it work?

When users text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877, the service is activated and prompts users to provide their address. Upon doing so, users are given contact and meal service information for the nearest summer meals sites in their area. The database of open sites is drawn from official USDA open site data that is updated weekly, pulled by Share Our Strength and uploaded to our system that uses Google Maps to pinpoint the closest sites based on the address provided by users. In instances where no sites are located in the vicinity, users are directed toward the National Hunger Clearinghouse hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY; 1-877-8-HAMBRE) for additional assistance.