On Thursday, March 21, 2013, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) hosted a forum, Fighting Childhood Hunger When School is Out: The Nuts and Bolts of Summer Feeding Programs, to educate community members on the benefits of hosting a summer feeding site. 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.
USDA & PA Department of Education:
- Joyce Rouba, a Program Specialist within the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Mary Ringenberg, PA Department. of Education’s (PDE) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Education Administration Specialist, provided an overview of the summer feeding programs and trends, as well as shared helpful resource and outreach materials. View USDA’s presentation by clicking here. View PDE’s presentation by clicking here.
- USDA outreach materials: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/Outreach.htm
- PDE Guide to SFSP: Download here
- Summer Food Service Program Resources: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/pa_food_and_nutrition_programs/18762/summer_food_service_program/1170556
- Mary Ringenberg, Lead Specialist at the PA Department of Education will work with anyone interested in hosting an SFSP site. For more information call 1-800-331-0129, or email at: email@example.com
Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
- Patrice Patton, Summer Food Program Coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation – which is a SFSP sponsor serving over 800 Philadelphia sites, provided details on how to enroll as one of the city’s “playstreets” providers.
- For more information, contact: Department of Recreation Summer Food Program: 215-685-2726. Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 22nd & Cecil B Moore, Room 204, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Erin Hill, Assistant Director for School and Summer Programs at Nutritional Development Service (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, explained how NDS supports more than 600 summer feeding sites in the region. Her colleague, Theresa Crawford, provided an overview of the breakfast, lunch, and snack items served. NDS resources include:
- General Information Flyer - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Site Eligibility - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Outreach Booklet - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Breakfast Menu - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Lunch Menu - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- Snack Menu - Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
- More information is available at: http://www.ndsarch.org/
To find a summer feeding site in your community
Both PDE and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger will post maps of summer feeding sites that allow you to search for providers in your area. See:
NOTE: These links currently provide information from summer 2012. They will be updated with summer 2013 information when the list of summer feeding sites is finalized later this spring.
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.