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Free Summer Meals for Kids


No Kid Hungry Webinar Presentation

Spreading the Summer Word:

What’s new for Outreach in 2014

Thursday, April 24th 2014 at 1:30pm ET

Join us for best practices for engaging influencers in your outreach strategy, new tools and templates for local outreach and how to be a part of our 2014 Text for Summer Meals campaign.

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New Summer Planning Resources

Bringing together the major players in Summer Meals from around your state or community to plan together is a great strategy to for growing participation in the program. Check out our new resources to help plan a stakeholder meeting in your state and view our webinar presentation (or download the slides) on collaborative planning with the USDA and FRAC.

Summer Meals

Summer is a critical time for children’s academic and physical well-being.  During the summer children are at a higher risk of both obesity and hunger.  Summer meals programs, which include the Summer Food Services Program and the Seamless Summer Option/National School Lunch Program, provide free summer meals for kids and can become an important source of nutritious food for children and youth during this time.  Offering free, nutritious meals also provides an incentive for children to participate in summer enrichment programs, which means that children are not only well-fed, but in a safe environment engaged in academic and recreational activities.  Because summer nutrition is so important, Share Our Strength invested more than $1.8 million in 40 states to help increase the number of kids getting summer meals in 2012.

To increase access to free summer meals programs, No Kid Hungry works with public and private organizations at the state and local level to:

  • Increase program awareness through summer meals marketing and outreach campaigns;
  • Increase the number of meal sites or capacity of existing sites in underserved areas through outreach to potential sites or sponsors and by providing grants to support program startup or expansion;
  • Help families access meals through a texting program that shares site locations along with operational hours and contact details;
  • Invest in summer programming to attract more kids to meal sites;
  • Implement mobile meals programs that bring food to children in places where they already congregate.

 

Sodexo Foundation Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit

With support from the Sodexo Foundation, Share Our Strength has developed this toolkit to help you get the word out about summer meals programs in your city or state. The toolkit has simple instructions and easy-to-use templates to help your organization work with the media to promote summer meals programs, as well as outreach materials that you can tailor and use in your community.