The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Agriculture that is administered by a state-level agency. This program provides free meals to children 18 years and younger in low-income areas. While over 30 million children participate in the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Program during the school year, participation in summer feeding programs remains stubbornly low.
Feeding America and its member food banks have focused their efforts in summer feeding over the past few years as a part of their Child Hunger Strategy. The Hunger-Free Summer Hub (HFSH) initiative was recently funded through the generous support of ConAgra Food Foundation. The purpose of this effort is to determine how food banks can strategically partner with organizations in their community to increase access to, and participation in, SFSP, as well as how other feeding efforts (e.g., Backpack program, School Pantry, SNAP outreach) might impact summer feeding. The Family Resiliency Center will be conducting a cross-site evaluation of the HFSH initiative.
- Barbara Fiese, PhD, Family Resiliency Center Director, Human Development and Family Studies
- Brenda Koester, MS, Family Resiliency Center Assistant Director, Human Development and Family Studies
This project is supported by a grant through Feeding America.