Summer Food Program

The purpose of the Summer Food Program is to make sure that during the summer months children have good nutritious meals available to them, as they do during the school year through the school lunch/breakfast program.


Feeding sites are established throughout the counties based on school/housing information. Any child under the age of 18 can eat at any approved feeding site established. There are no income guidelines for the child.


  1. To assure that all children are receiving good nutritious meals on a daily basis.
  2. To assure that meals are served in a clean and safe environment and that food is prepared and handled properly.
  3. To develop enough feeding sites to meet the need of the area.

Explanation of Services

ETHRA is provided funds through USDA and DHS. ETHRA contracts with school foodservices or private food vendors to prepare meals for the approved feeding sites. Feeding sites are established throughout the counties and training is provided for each site. Each feeding site orders the number of meals that they need each day. Children from the community come to the feeding sites and are provided a complete meal each weekday at no charge. Meals are provided only during the months that school is out of session. The summer feeding program ends when school begins in the fall.

Number of Persons Served

In the 13 counties, 150 feeding sites participate on the Summer Food Program. There are approximately 1,600 children that receive meals daily on the Summer Food Program.

Source of Funding

Federal funds are made available through the Tennessee Department of Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Jefferson, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union.

Feeding and Prep Sites for 2013

For More Information Please Contact: Veronica Stephens, (865) 691-2551 ext.4229 or by E-mail at .