During the school year many children rely on free and reduced-price breakfasts and lunches provided by the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs. But what happens when school is out? The Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program provides nutritious lunches for food-insecure children during the summer months when the school lunches they depend on are unavailable.
The Idaho Foodbank is a sponsor of USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that provides free summer meals to children ages 1-18. The program helps fill that nutritional gap and provides children with the food they need to be ready to go back to school. Nutritious lunches are provided to children in low-income areas during summer months when schools meals are not available. The Idaho Foodbank also offers enrichment activities and nutrition information to program participants through volunteers from the community. Volunteers range from single individuals to groups from various organizations and must complete a background check.
Program operational dates: Monday through Friday, June 6th through August 12th
Costs: Free to all children ages 1-18 years. Adults may purchase a lunch for a small charge.
Locations: 25 meal sites operating throughout the Boise-metro area for 10 weeks. 1 meal site will operate for four (4) days at the end of July. Please note locations and times are subject to change.
The Idaho Foodbank will also be providing lunch service at Ann Morrison Park for the Idaho Rush Soccer Camp. Dates are July 26-29.
- Picnic in the Park Job Application
- Map of Picnic in the Park Locations
- Boise Independent School District
- West Ada School District
- Summer Feeding Sites Near You
- Summer Foods Programs Facebook Page
- USDA Summer Food Service Program