Summer Meals

Summer can be a challenging time for families, both financially and physically. Across the country, state agencies, schools, community organizations and the USDA are taking action to help expand access to Summer Meal Programs this summer. This webinar series provides a variety of insights to improve program delivery and promotion, along with tools to help guide your work and examples of ideas and innovation in action.

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This webinar series is made possible through the generous funding of the Arby’s Foundation School’s Out, Food’s In initiative.


No Kid Hungry Webinar: Planning your Summer Meals Budget

Wednesday, February 18th 2pm EST

The Summer Food Service Program provides critical funds to feed all kids who participate. While the dynamic nature of the program allows sponsors to serve more kids during the summer, it can make also budgeting a challenge. However, a strong plan and the right budgeting tools can help you strengthen your program and prepare for a successful summer. This webinar is designed to provide Summer Meals Sponsors with best practices for budget planning, an introduction to the interactive budgeting tool the No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Calculator, and the chance to ask budget questions from financial professionals and the USDA.  

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No Kid Hungry Webinar: Innovative Logistics for Summer Meals

Thursday, February 26th 2pm EST 

Every community faces unique challenges when trying to connect eligible kids with the summer meals program. Across the country, these challenges are being overcome through exciting innovations and partnerships.  Join the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices to hear how sponsors are reaching more kids by partnering with unique stakeholders like Meals on Wheels, Housing Authorities, and state Departments of Transportation.

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Level Up: Applying Technology to Summer Meals

Thursday, March 5th 1pm EST

The right technology solutions can make summer meals a more effective program at the state, sponsor and site level. Join No Kid Hungry and global IT and business firm CGI to learn about technology trends and discuss how technology can be and already is being used to modernize programs, increase efficiency and improve decision-making.

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Developing your Summer Meals Marketing Plan

Wednesday, March 11th 2pm EST

Research shows that fewer than half of all low-income families know about summer meals programs in their area. Reaching families in the right places with the right messages about summer meals can increase participation at sites in your community. This webinar will provide a process to develop a comprehensive communications and outreach plan, tools to help you implement your strategy, and examples of effective outreach in action.

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Kicking Off Summer: Strategies and Resources to Spread the Word

Wednesday, March 25th 2pm EST

When done well, summer meals kick off events can have a big impact on participation. From coordinating events across a city to holding virtual kick-off events, this webinar will share examples of what has worked in various communities and tools to help you implement your kick-off strategy. It will also feature information about how you can participate in National Text for Summer Meals Day 2015.

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Summer Meals Research: From National Data to Local Opportunity

Thursday, March 26th 2pm EST

What do you really know about the communities you serve? Research about low-income families can help you plan stronger programs and promotional approaches to meet the needs and interests of the families you serve. Join the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices and Feed the Children to learn about national and local research conducted in recent years. You will also learn about a new approach to understanding local barriers and enablers to nutrition program participation that can be implemented in 2015, leading to even better programs in 2016.

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Engaging Elected Officials at Summer Meals Sites

Thursday, May 14th 2pm EST

Local, state and national elected officials can play many roles around summer meals, from opening new doors for expansion opportunities to raising awareness about summer meals programs. As Congress considered Child Nutrition Reauthorization this year, ensuring elected officials understand the importance of the summer meals program and opportunities to improve the program to reach more kids will be critical. Join this webinar for a conversation about engaging elected officials, featuring best practices on developing a strategy, tools for implementation and examples from the field.

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