Seaford School District: Leapfrogging to Summer Meals Success


Seaford School District’s summer meals program found success through innovation by starting small, planning with the community, and leveraging surplus funds from CEP to purchase high quality equipment and vehicles to run the program. Bill Mengel, Seaford School District’s Supervisor of Nutrition Services, recommends that any organization starting a mobile meals program start small, with three or four “can’t miss” locations, and really do a great job at serving those sites before expanding. This lays a solid foundation for the program. Additionally, strong community partnerships can help accelerate program expansion.

Seaford School District started its mobile meals program in 2016 and served an impressive 8,600 meals that summer. However, after the program adopted an innovative “leapfrogging” model, Seaford was able to increase its number of meals served to over 24,000 in 2018. Learn more in this case study.'