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Get Involved in the Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded effort administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer.

Schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, and camps can serve meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low-income families.

There are several ways that you can get involved in the SFSP. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Sponsor a Summer Food Service Program site. Public or private schools; local, municipal, county, tribal, or state government; private non-profits; and universities and colleges are examples of local organizations that often serve as Summer Food Service Program sponsors.
  2. Open a feeding site. Community buildings or places of faith make great feeding sites. Feeding sites are organized by the sponsors and are the physical locations where food is served.
  3. Volunteer. Volunteers help with basics like transporting food, setting up or cleaning up a site—they also plan and do educational or recreational activities with the children. Contact your State agency to find a SFSP Sponsor or feeding site to volunteer with in your area.
In 2009, nearly 1 million children simply didn’t get enough to eat in the United States. It’s a startling statistic but one that we can change, and you can help. Today, USDA launched a series of new online tools and volunteer initiatives to increase the number of individuals, organizations, and governments actively working to end childhood hunger.
Spring is here and that means it is time to get your hands in the soil and start gardening! As part of Let’s Move! Faith and Communities, First Lady Michelle Obama has challenged congregations and neighborhood organizations to plant gardens in their communities.
Chicago is fortunate to have a bevy of talented chefs and also to be the hometown for the Healthy Schools Campaign, a national organization that advocates for policies and practices that allow students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment.
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