Summer Meals Initiative Open
Federal nutrition programs provide children from low-income families free, nutritious meals to help them learn, play and grow in the summer when they are out of school. There are three child nutrition summer feeding offerings: Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Seamless Summer Option, and schools that operate year-round can continue to provide meals through the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP).
The summer meals programs are an important link in maintaining the health and well-being of Minnesota’s food insecure children. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor academic performance once school begins.
In Minnesota, between 2000 and 2015, summer programs doubled the number of meals served to children – growing from 3 million in 2000 to 6 million in 2015. However, Minnesota ranks 19th nationally in ensuring that children have adequate summer nutrition.
Hunger Impact Partners, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, will support opportunities to increase participation in SFSP and the Seamless Summer Option. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded.
Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:
- Approved SFSP sponsor
- Organization seeking approval to become SFSP sponsor
- Site located in area eligible location
- Number of children to be served
- Number of meals served per day
- Number of days of operation
- Ability to pilot new strategies to increase summer meal program participation
- Child Nutrition Index Data
Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.