Across the country, schools, local government agencies, and private nonprofit organizations sponsor and support the Summer Nutrition Programs—the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the Seamless Summer Option (SSO)—so they can provide nutritious summer meals to children. These Summer Nutrition sponsors and supporters provide an invaluable service to their communities, helping to reduce hunger and to draw children into summer programs that keep them safe and learning throughout the summer.
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) has developed two implementation calendars and plans to give sponsors – and the anti-hunger and child advocates who support them – a step-by-step guide to successfully prepare, promote and execute the Summer Nutrition Programs.
For example, current sponsors can strengthen and expand their programs to reach even more children by engaging in activities throughout the year. New sponsors can learn from the experience of current sponsors and advocates who encourage a year-round approach to implementing local summer meal programs. And supporters of the Summer Nutrition Programs can learn what they can throughout the year to focus their efforts and collaborate with local sponsors.
While these calendars and guide were developed specifically for California, in collaboration with California’s Department of Education and the California Summer Meals Coalition, sponsors and supporters of the Summer Nutrition Programs in other states will also find this tool and the included resources helpful in their planning and execution of summer meals in their communities.
Special thanks to The David and Lucile Packard Foundation for their generous support of this project.
How to Use This Tool:
First select which role you and your organization play or will play in the planning and implementation of the Summer Nutrition Programs this year: Sponsor/Supporter
Next, choose the month you wish to begin your work. Keep in mind that some suggested activities and planning questions to consider may have been started in a previous month, but that does not mean it is too late to make an impact for this summer. Text boxes will be included to highlight what you can do now to implement such activities if you have not already started them. As an experienced sponsor or supporter, however, please consider using this calendar and guide chronologically starting in the fall to implement year-round efforts around summer food.
Finally, visit the resource page for general tools and guides from a variety of partner organizations, as well as resources specific to each month’s suggested activities.