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Feeding Texas Kids With The Summer Food Service Program: A Toolkit for Texas Faith Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is the single largest federal resource available for local organizations that want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program for children. During the school year, nutritious meals are available for children through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer. SFSP helps fill the summer gap.
In Texas, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is the primary contact for the SFSP. TDA administers the SFSP through a program within its Food and Nutrition Division, the Summer Meals program (www.squaremeals.org). The Summer Meals program provides important tools and references for those who are committed to ensuring a healthier future for Texas children. Summer Meals is committed to nourishing children’s bodies and minds, and the SFSP is one way in which Texas can achieve this goal.
This toolkit is for any community-based organization but is intended especially for faith communities that are interested in working to combat childhood food insecurity and obesity in Texas. If you are a minister, volunteer or staff person involved in social outreach, education, youth outreach, justice, or environmental programming, please read further. SFSP can provide resources for food and programs that are designed to meet the needs of underserved families and youth. This toolkit provides details for you to create a new program or integrate with your current summer programs, vacation religious education or youth outreach.