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Summer Meals at Public Housing Facilities

Summer meal service at public housing sites has expanded greatly in recent years. At the same time, for this model to continue to grow, program sponsors must successfully identify and engage key decision-makers who can lend management support to meal service at sites. Learn about opportunities to work with state Rural Development offices, property management companies and site staff to implement this service model in communities you serve.

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Serve Summer Meals at Nontraditional Sites

In our last webinar of this year's "School's Out, Foods In" series, we will explore opportunities to extend meal service to migrant communities. Webinar attendees will first learn basic criteria for serving meals at migrant sites and then hear from providers who have pursued expanded service in this area.


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Innovative Logistics for Summer Meals

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.

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Kicking Off Summer: Strategies and Resources to Spread the Word

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 shared examples of what has worked in various communities and tools to help you implement your kick-off strategy. 

 

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Engaging Elected Officials at Summer Meals Sites

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. This webinar discusses engaging elected officials, and ensuring that they understand the importance of the summer meals program and opportunities to improve the program to reach more kids.

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What Summer Meals Mean for Kids

We have long known that losing access to school meals can have a lasting effect on kids’ lives, but what is that really costing families and communities?

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Advocacy 101: Make Ending Hunger a Policy Priority in Your State

When state legislatures start new sessions, there are new opportunities to take action to improve policies for children. Whether you are looking to educate lawmakers, build new relationships or push specific legislation, this webinar discusses the basics of advocacy and what is working across the country.  

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National Text for Summer Meals Information Session

Help families find summer meals in your state! Share Our Strength provides a nationally automated texting service that pulls information from the National Hunger Hotline to help families find local summer meals sites. Texting is a great addition to hotlines and websites, sending an address and additional information directly to a user’s phone. Learn an overview of how texting works, the data the system collects and strategies for using it to reach families during the summer.

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Serving Summer Meals at Hospitals

Hospitals play many roles to facilitate health in communities – and hosting Summer Meals sites is one more! In a few communities across the country, hospitals have started serving meals to kids through SFSP. Join us for a webinar to learn more about this promising practice, hear from hospitals who have developed summer programs and get practical advice for starting a site in your community.

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Cooking Matters at the Store Tours: Curriculum Supplements

Cooking Matters at the Store is an interactive shopping tour that teaches low-income families four key food shopping skills: buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budget, identifying whole grains, comparing unit prices and reading food labels. Share Our Strength collaborates with varied community partners and dedicated individuals to deliver this program in grocery stores across the country and help families make the most of their food dollars.