NC Child Nutrition Profiles — Summer Meals by County


This page features profiles for Summer 2021 and Summer 2020.

Profiles of prior summers and the School Breakfast Program can currently be found at the No Kid Hungry NC website.

Using data from meal claims submitted to the NC Department of Public Instruction, the Carolina Hunger Initiative creates local profile sheets providing an overview of child nutrition programs and showing how many children received meals through them in North Carolina.

The profiles provide a snapshot of the economic benefits and nutrition access challenges – and are a great way to introduce yourself or others to these important taxpayer-funded programs in your area. Use the profiles with a school administrator, elected official, or community member to start a conversation about what is going well and what needs to be done to provide sustainable nutrition access for children in your district or county. The profiles can help reveal gaps in efforts to fight hunger and provide context for how efforts compare to the rest of the state.

For questions about the profiles, contact our Dr. Jessica Soldavini, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC NOTE

Summer nutrition programs have become even more critical in ensuring children have access to healthy meals during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the increased economic challenges faced by many families.

Based on the federal emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, food service sponsors throughout NC began operating the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in March 2020 when schools closed. USDA announced many waivers that allowed greater flexibilities.

The Summer Nutrition Program profiles accessed here cover the actual summer months, June-August. In summers 2020 and 2021, sponsors were still operating SFSP under the USDA emergency waivers.


2021 SUMMER MEALS 4 NC KIDS (By County)



Select a county from the drop-down list in the box to find a PDF profile of a specific NC county’s Summer Nutrition Program. The information includes data from the 2021 summer months and funding brought into the county by serving the reimbursable meals.

Statewide, NC meal sponsors served slightly fewer meals in summer 2021 than in 2020, but still many times more meals than in the pre-COVID summer 2019. Learn more about the number of sites, sponsors, and meals served between 2019 and 2021:

Check out this one-page explainer on how we create the profiles and where the data comes from:


2020 SUMMER MEALS 4 NC KIDS (By County)



Select a county from the drop-down list in the box to find a PDF profile of a specific NC county’s Summer Nutrition Program. The information includes data from the 2020 summer months and funding brought into the county by serving the reimbursable meals.

Also available is a statewide version of the fact sheet and a list of summer meal sponsors by county:


2019 and earlier — SUMMER MEALS 4 NC KIDS (By County) and SCHOOL BREAKFAST (By District)

Profiles from prior years are currently available on the No Kid Hungry NC website.