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While we have made progress in reaching low-income children with food during the summer months, getting kids to summer meal sites can be challenging. Mobile meal programs can be a great way to serve kids in underserved communities, taking the meals to them instead of the other way around. 

No Kid Hungry Webinar Recording: The Playbook for Mobile Meals

Why Mobile Meals Work:

  • It is both costly and more of a liability to transport children to meal sites versus transporting meals.
  • Parents have indicated an interest in these types of programs
  • Sponsors around the country have operated successful mobile programs


Share Our Strength’s Mobile Meals Playbook offers best practices for determining if mobile is right for you, making plans for a new mobile program, and/or adopting better practices to improve your existing programs. This tool is designed for sponsors already familiar with or operating the SFSP or SSO. If you are just getting started with one of these programs, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp to learn more.

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This tool was created with generous support from the Arby’s Foundation as part of the School’s Out Foods In initiative. The Center for Best Practices would like to thank the Arby’s Foundation for their generous support.

Many thanks to the Community Wealth Partners team for conducting research and analysis around best practices in mobile meal program design and for contributing to the development of this Mobile Meals Playbook. Community Wealth Partners is a Share Our Strength organization that allies with change agents to tackle social problems at the magnitude they exist.

Thanks to the following sponsors, nonprofits, vendors, and state agencies for contributing their insights and experiences to Share Our Strength’s research to inform this Playbook: Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Dream Center, Browning Public Schools, CitySquare, District School Board of Pasco, Family League of Baltimore, Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Hunger Free Heartland, Lifestyles of Maryland Foundation, Lunchbox Express, NYC Department of Education, Of One Accord Inc., Overlea Caterers, PepsiCo Food for Good, Roanoke Rapids Schools, Rogers Public Schools, Schenectady Inner City Ministry, Salvation Army Western Division, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, Of One Accord Ministry, New Haven CT Public Schools, United Way of King County Washington, and YMCA Cape Cod.