Sodexo Foundation Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit
Summertime means food, friends and fun. For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, however, the summer months can be stressful and family food budgets have to be stretched even further. Free summer meals are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meals sites across the country. These programs are more important than ever as more families are struggling to make ends meet.
In 2010, more than 21 million kids in the U.S. get free or reduced-price school lunch, just over 3 million of those kids get a free summer meal. During these tough economic times, free summer meals can help families save money and stretch their summer food budgets while giving their kids a chance to eat a healthy meal and stay active.
Thanks to the generous support of the Sodexo Foundation, Share Our Strength has developed this toolkit to help you get the word out through the media and outreach materials 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 with tips to use in your community. Share Our Strength also released a report,
"Tackling Summer Hunger: Ensuring No Kid Goes Hungry When School is Out" highlighting what other states are doing to effectively increase participation in summer meals. This toolkit includes tips and templates for:
We hope you will find the Sodexo Foundation Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit helpful as you work to get the word out about free summer meals in your community. If you have any questions or would like additional assistance using this toolkit, please contact Tali Caiazza at TCaiazza@strength.org.