Community Meals: A New Model to Reach Kids in the Summertime

Innovative Approaches & Successful Models
Best for
Program Sites
School Nutrition Staff
State Agencies

Each year schools, nonprofits, and community centers seek new opportunities to provide much-needed summer nutrition to kids under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). While many sponsors work actively to add new summer meals sites and increase meals served, the number of summer meals served nationwide continues to decline. The impact of this decline in service can be felt especially hard in rural America. To increase the number of sites and summer meal participation, No Kid Hungry (NKH) ran an innovation test in summer 2018 in which families served as site supervisors, managing new sites.