Rural Non-Congregate Summer Meal Programs: Understanding the Caregiver Experience

As meal providers begin operating rural non-congregate summer meal service, we want to be able to understand and share models, messaging, and approaches that work best for families participating in the program. With that in mind, No Kid Hungry conducted site observations at three different sites in summer 2023, each of which operated a different non-congregate model (grab-and-go, mobile meals, and delivery). 

Interviews with caregivers surfaced many recommendations for participant-centered summer non-congregate meal programs. In addition to the video, the attached report also summarizes findings and recommendations.

In the video above, you can hear from Angela McKee Brown who conducted this research in summer 2023 and who presented findings at No Kid Hungry's 2024 Summer Nutrition Summit.