Youth Food Program


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Learn more about the Youth Food Program

Meeting the nutritional needs of children throughout Milwaukee County at no cost!

The SDC Youth Food Program provides hot meals, infant formula, cereal and baby food to Day Care Centers and Head Start Centers. The program also provides hot or cold meals to after school programs. For a reasonable cost, it serves meals to private schools and private programs.  

Infant Menu / Daycare Outside of School Menu / Cold Menu

Summer Breakfast and Snack Menu


The SDC Youth Food Program contributes to the growth and development of children by helping to satisfy their basic nutritional needs. SDC's Youth Food Program began serving nutritious, free hot lunches and suppers to needy children in 1970. An average of 300 meals were prepared daily to serve five locations in Milwaukee's central city. As the number of hungry children increased, so have the locations and the volume of food served. In the year 2014-2015, the SDC Youth Food Program served 85 sites, provided 1.3 million meals and served over 5,000 children, from infant to 18 years of age.

The Summer Food Service Program sponsored 35 sites in 2015, served over 81,000 meals and approximately 4,000 children participated in the program. We served cold  and hot lunches to children ages 1 year through 18 years during the summer in Milwaukee County.

How the Youth Food Program Operates

During the school year, hot and cold meals are served daily at day care centers, tutorial programs and after-school recreation centers. Children (infants up to 18 years of age) must be enrolled in these programs to participate.
General guidelines for participation:   

  • After-school centers must be non-profit and County Certified or State Licensed.
  • Day care centers may be profit or non-profit.   

Food Service Monitors visit sites to ensure that the centers adhere to program rules and regulations.   

Are you interested in becoming a part of the Youth Food Program?

Day care centers or after-school programs interested in becoming a site should contact the Site Relations Coordinator(s) to discuss the program at 414.963.2682. 
Please share this information with your child care provider if you are a parent whose child may benefit from this program.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement with Complaint Filing Procedure
(Revised December)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)  Mail:  U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax:    (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

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