Growing Summer Meals with Innovative Community Partnerships

Tuesday March 5, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

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Learn how schools and organizations in low-income communities may be eligible to offer free, nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and how sponsors across New York State are growing participation through community partnerships.

More than 1.1 million New York State students rely on healthy school meals to fuel their learning; however, when the school year ends, access to nutritious meals becomes limited. Statewide, fewer than one-third of children who eat free or reduced-price school lunch have access to summer meals through SFSP.

Across the state, community groups, school districts, and anti-hunger organizations are working in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the agency that administers SFSP in our state, to raise awareness of and increase access to summer meals.

In this webinar, you will hear tips for success and innovative strategies from two current SFSP sponsors — a school district and a YMCA — each working with local partners such as libraries, parks, municipalities, and housing communities to expand the reach of their programs; a co-chair of a regional summer meals coalition of sponsors and partners; and a Child Nutrition representative from NYSED.

Join us and learn ways to engage your community to promote and serve summer meals in 2019 and beyond.

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.