As the school year winds down and summer begins, family routines are bound to change. Activities, sports and summer camps take the place of school days. Kids sleep schedules undoubtably shift: later bedtimes and the opportunity to sleep in. Maybe family getaways are on the horizon.
One routine that doesn’t need to change is kids' access to regular, healthy meals. CKC Good Food works with many schools and nonprofit organizations, like Boys & Girls Clubs, in the Twin Cities to provide free summer meals to kids under 18 throughout the summer. The USDA funds these meals to ensure kids and teens have access to meals during June, July and August.
Summer Food Service Program Specifics:
If your school or organization is providing free meals, there are several resources available to help you get the word out about your meal program:
Cafeteria Connection, our newsletter for parents, "School’s Out & Free Summer Meals Are In!" (includes form field to add your site info)
Cafeteria Connection, "Kids’ Summer Routines Can Include Regular Healthy Meals"
Summer Food, Summer Moves Resource Kit from the USDA
Summer Food Service Program Outreach and Promotion Materials from MDE
Best Practices for Summer Meal Programs from No Kid Hungry
When promoting your meal program, also include the following information to help families find meals when they may be traveling: