Summer Food Service at FoodChain

FoodChain became a SFSP sponsor in 2019 and continues to work with neighborhood centers and summer camps to provide meals to Lexington youth. Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) works to lessen the burden on food insecure families who need to feed their children (and themselves) when school is out of session. As part of our participation in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program, last summer, we served 1,184 freshly cooked meals out of our kitchen, 933 of those was to youth while 251 went to adults working in the program, parents, interns and volunteers!

Supporting Local Farmers To Feed People!

Each meal was made fresh, from scratch and used 1,013 lbs of local fruits and veggies purchased directly from local farmers. All of this was possible because of the incredible work of our partners at Feeding KY, who run the Ky Kids Eat program, providing cost sharing incentives for Summer Food Service Providers to purchase straight from KY farmers and provide more nutritious whole foods to children who are living in areas that experience food insecurity. This allowed us to also prioritize local proteins such as pastured, farm raised eggs, chicken, sausage, and ground beef. 

Additionally, for this program, FoodChain was able to employ four graduates from our food sector job training program for a total of 408 hours during which they freshly prepared each day’s meal. Many of the graduates’ children were also attending and helped with some of the prep and then hanging out to cook for themselves in our Summer Cook.Eat.Grow. Program.

This past summer provided many opportunities to partner with community organizations, both by providing meals to summer camps like Community Inspired Solutions and the West End Community Empowerment Project and by working with other educational non-profits to provide enrichment activities during the hours of food service! We partnered with SeedleafSisohpromatem Art FoundationBlack Soil: Our Better Naturethe Carnegie Center, and the International Book Project.

Summer Feeding In 2024

Summer meal programs help ensure children and teens have the nutrition they need to do just that.  Free summer meals, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are available to children and teens ages 18 and under at thousands of summer meal sites across the state.  At open or drop-in sites, families do not need to apply to the program or show proof of income to participate.  At enrolled sites, meals are available for free but prior sign-up is required

Meals are served at safe places, such as schools, churches, parks, and community centers.  Many supervised sites offer fun learning and recreational activities as well as free meals.

Where to find Summer Meals:

Dunbar Community Center: M-Fri Breakfast 12pm-1pm; lunch 2pm-3pm (through August 12)

Tates Creek Community Center: Mon-Fri snack 11am-1pm; supper 2pm-4pm (through August 12)

Coolavin Park Shelter: M, W, F 11:30am-1:30pm lunch (through August 12th)

 If you are interested in learning more about how this program works, how you can be a part of healthy, hearty, whole foods for children while they are out of school, please contact  This is also a great opportunity to volunteer or intern!

SFSP Activity Calendar for 2024 @Coolavin Park