Covering the Summer Meal Gap

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.  Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they received when they were in school.  The Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created the Summer Food Program to cover this summer meal gap. 

This month we partnered with USDA to present two webinars, to over 200 participants, on the Summer Food Program.  The first webinar focused on the program for Head Start providers, Child Care providers, and tribal organizations.  The second defined the program for all of our grantees and community organizations. 

Webinar participants learned how they can help and got a full overview of the program.  Parents learned how they can locate meal feeding sites in their communities.  Participants also found out how to benefit from participation in the program and discovered available summer meals resources and materials.

If you missed these wonderfully informative summer meals webinars, you can watch them again and download the presentations here.

Pictured here from left to right – Carolyn Meier, Deputy Regional Administrator, ACF; JoEllen Collin, Team Leader of Summer Food Program Services, USDA; RaeKesha Kelley, Senior Program Specialist, USDA; and Leon R. McCowan, Regional Administrator, ACF