Summer Feeding Program

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About SUN meals and SUN bucks

Last year, Congress approved a new program for areas designated as rural by the USDA that would allow Summer Food Service Program sponsors to offer non-congregant meal service to children under 18 in approved areas. For these sites, children are not required to stay and eat. They may pick up their meals and take them home.

SUN Meals To-Go 

Approved families can come to approved SUN Meals To-Go sites to receive a box with seven breakfasts and seven lunches once a week from the foodbank while schools are closed for the Summer of 2024. 

  •  To qualify, families need to register with the food bank and be able to pick up their boxes at the designated times at their chosen distribution site. Click HERE to register.
  •  This program is capped at 650 kids a week.  
  • You have until May 31st to sign up and we will approve you by June 7th. 
  • Please follow this web page for up-to-date information on sites as we go through the summer.


SUN Bucks

Congress also approved permanent funding for Summer EBT, now called SUN Bucks. 

  • Children who attend schools that participated in the National School Lunch Program may qualify to receive a total of $120 over the summer if they qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program during the 2023- 2024 school year. 
  • The Tennessee Department of Human Services will send a letter informing you that your child has been automatically approved by the end of May. 
  • You may opt out of receiving a card described in that letter if you do not wish to participate. Each qualified child will receive a card in their name toward the beginning of June. 
  • SUN Bucks will be eligible for the double-up programs at your local farmer’s markets. 
  • If you do not receive a card and believe your child qualifies, you must submit an application with TNDHS to get approved. We will update this page when we know more about this process and can direct you to the application. 

2024 Summer Feeding Distribution Locations

Find a location near you below!


Summer Feeding News

Click here to view TDOHS’s press release regarding Summer EBT distribution