The mission of ‘Kids Eat Free at MUSC’ is to optimize health by providing adequate nutrition to children when school is out for summer break.
This USDA sponsored program ensures children have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session by providing breakfast and lunch to children in our cafeterias at no cost to the families or the enterprise.
We are proud to be the first hospital in South Carolina to ever participate in a summer feeding program, serving over 18,000 meals since 2015.
Kids Eat Free @ MUSC FAQ
Who can participate?
ALL CHILDREN ages 18 and younger, no matter where they live nor what brings them to MUSC.
How does it work?
1) Children can make their own selection from our hot food choices at the “FAVORITES” hot line or from other designated foods. Just look for the foods marked with the friendly octopus.
- For lunch: Children must choose from at least 3 different food groups & no more than 5 different items total. Food groups offered are entrée, veggies, grains and milk.
- For breakfast: Children must choose at least 3 different food items & no more than 4 different items total. Foods offered are grains (hot cereal, cold cereal, toast or muffins), fresh fruit (apple, orange or banana), egg (scrambled or hard-boiled) and milk.
2) Check-out at the Kids Eat Free register. Just look for the line designated by the friendly octopus.
3) Kids must eat in the dining room and cannot take the food to go.
When and where does it happen?
Kids Eat Free in the cafeterias in Main, ART and Rutledge during summer vacation, Monday – Sunday, June 10 – Aug 20, 2019.
- Breakfast: 7 – 10 AM
- Lunch 11 AM – 2 PM (Rutledge is closed on weekends and July 4th).
How can I learn more?
If you need assistance in the cafeteria, please ask one of our Sodexo employees. For questions about our program, contact Sodexo Wellness Dietitian Debbie Petitpain, RDN at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 792-9644. or (843) 792-9644.
Serving Summer Meals
A valuable resource for health care organization looking to engage in the fight against hunger.
Join the Fight Against Hunger
Food insecurity contributes to the rising cost of health care. Participation in hunger relief programs within health care’s existing infrastructure provides an opportunity to improve population health by increasing access to nutritious meals for those most in need. The purpose of this implementation guide is to provide:
- Basic information on the impact of food insecurity on health and the cost of health care.
- A brief explanation of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
- Examples of SFSP in a variety of hospitals and Health care settings.
- Steps for exploring how SFSP can be implemented in new hospitals and Health care settings.
- The Hunger Vital Sign (PDF)
- Food Insecurity and Health: A Toolkit for Physicians and Health Care Organizations (PDF)
In the News
- MUSC will offer children free breakfast, lunch during summer break.
- Summer feeding program at MUSC provides free meals to children.
Changing What's Possible & Leading the Way
In 2015, Sodexo and MUSC became the first hospital in the Southeast to participate in the USDA’s summer feeding program, serving 2,385 meals during the first summer operating the program on the MUSC campus. In 2016, the program expanded beyond the MUSC cafeterias to include cafe areas in outpatient facilities, further expanding the program's reach and impact, resulting in over 18,000 meals served since the program's inception in 2015.
Growing Communities to Stop Hunger
To identify young children living in households at risk for food insecurity, Children’s HealthWatch validated the Hunger Vital Sign™, a 2-question food insecurity screening tool2 based on the US Household Food Security Scale. The Hunger Vital Sign™ measures families’ concerns about and access to food, much the way health care providers check other key vital signs, such as pulse and blood pressure. Health care providers, social service providers, community-based outreach workers, teachers, and anyone who works with young children can use the Hunger Vital Sign™ to identify young children and families who may need assistance.
Sodexo Foundation works to ensure that every child in the United States, especially those most at risk, grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life.
Visit No Kid Hungry to learn more about people working to end hunger for children across the United States and how you can join them.
The USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) offers a cost-neutral way to fight hunger while improving the health and quality of life of the people they serve. This brief webinar will introduce SFSP in the health care setting; provide resources for learning more about various models and offer steps to get started, using the successful implementation of “Kids Eat Free at MUSC” as a template for other hospitals.
- Serving Healthy Summer Meals in Hospitals hosted by the Florida Hospital Association's Hospital Sustainability Coalition (45 mins)