Community Innovation in Summer Meals

The Community Innovation in Summer Meals Program is an expansion of the successful Community Meals Pilot Program administered by the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign over the last three years in Colorado. Results show community partnerships are a key component in reaching more youth where they live and play and sustaining summer meal programs over time. The goal of this grant is to expand the Community Meals Model by supporting summer meal sponsors in implementing best practices, in coordination with community partners, shown to be effective in increasing youth participation and program access. Best practices include selecting locations that reduce the distance kids must travel to a summer site, marketing and promotions, working with trusted community members to support the program (e.g. provide activities, serve meals), aligning meal service with programming and activities, innovative food service models (e.g. mobile meals), and offering free adult meals.

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Date: March 10, 2020 - April 3, 2020
Contact: Kristi Brennan - Brennan_k@cde.state.co.us

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