Welfare Info

Summer Food Service Program for Iowa


What is Summer Food Service Program for Iowa ?

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that kids and teens continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The SFSP provides free, nutritious meals that meet Federal nutrition guidelines at approved sites across the state.


Summer Food Service Program for Iowa is administered by Iowa.

Program Requirements

Qualification Requirements Last Updated on 2025-03-01

All children and teens (age 18 and under) who visit an approved SFSP meal site can receive meals at no cost. No registrations or applications are required. Meals are also available for people with disabilities who are over age 18 and participate in school programs for the mentally or physically disabled.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $27,861
2 $37,814
3 $47,767
4 $57,720
5 $67,673
6 $77,626
7 $87,579
8 $97,532

*For households with more than eight people, add $9,953 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

What is the application process for Summer Food Service Program for Iowa ?

Nutritious meals are available at no cost for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the summer while school is out of session.  No application is required. 

To find a free, nutritious summer meal site:

  • Use the Summer Food Site locator ; or
  • Call 1-866-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (en español); or
  • Text 'FOOD' or ‘COMIDA’ to 304-304.

Contact Info

Visit the Iowa Summer Food Service Program website.

How to Apply

Summer Food Site Locator

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