Now that school is out, summer meals sites across New England are holding kick-offs to encourage participation throughout their communities. We’ve captured a few of these great events in the photos below. Before reading on, here’s some quick information about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), otherwise known as the Summer Meals Program.
What is the Summer Food Service Program?
The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. The SFSP reimburses providers who serve free nutritious meals to children and teens, ages 18 and under, in low-income areas during the summer months when school is not in session.
How Does It Work?
State agencies are responsible for administering the program with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Sponsors brought on board by state agencies agree to run the program. These could be schools, local government agencies, camps, faith-based and other non-profit community organizations with a food service program.
Sites are places in the community where children can receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. These could include schools, parks, community centers, health clinics, hospitals, apartment complexes, churches, and migrant centers. In addition to meals, many sites also provide educational and enrichment activities for children and adolescents.
Watch this video to learn more about Summer Meals.
Our Fuel Up to Play 60 truck traveled to Milton, VT, Rutland, VT, and New Haven, CT to join these communities at their Summer Meals sites, and with it came nutrition and physical activity-focused activities, games, and trivia!