2014 Summer Feeding Program
There are more than 240,000 students in southeastern Pennsylvania who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. How do these students access healthy meals during the summer? On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) teamed up with USDA, the PA Department of Education, Nutritional Development Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (NDS), the Coalition Against Hunger, and the Chester City Dept. of Parks and Recreation to host a forum: “Fighting Childhood Hunger When School is Out: The Nuts and Bolts of Summer Feeding Programs.”
The purpose of the forum was to educate groups on how to run summer feeding sites in their communities. With school districts across the region scaling back summer school programs due to tight budgets, other providers will have to step up to help children access summer meals.
Joyce Rouba, a Program Specialist within the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mary Ringenberg, Education Administration Specialist, and Omer Yalcinanahtar, Administrative Assistant, PA Department of Education’s (PDE) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provided an overview of the summer feeding programs.
Erinn Hill, Assistant Director for School and Summer Programs for NDS (which works in the 5-county SEPA region), and Andrea Garrett, Chester City Parks and Rec., provided information on how sponsors support summer feeding sites. For information, see NDS’ flyer and brochure:
School districts that have schools with 50% or more of the children eligible for free or reduced price (FRP) meals during the school year qualify as open sites. PCCY has pulled together the FRP rates for schools in your county here:
Helping families find a summer meals site
Starting in June, you can find summer meals sites in your community by text. See the attached poster and palm cards from the Coalition Against Hunger:
- USDA’s SFSP webpage, where you can find outreach materials, training videos, strategies and more: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp
- PA Dept. of Education’s SFSP webpage: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_food_and_nutrition_programs/18762/summer_food_service_program/1170556
All information provided at the forum is posted on this page. If you have additional follow up questions, please contact Kathy Fisher, PCCY’s Family Economic Security Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-563-5848 x27.