Wednesday, June 29, 2011

End Hunger CT! launches new Summer Food Website and Mapper for Connecticut No Kid Hungry!

End Hunger CT! launches new
Summer Food Website and Mapper
for Connecticut No Kid Hungry!

Visit for everything Summer Food!

This new interactive website will help families and providers find summer meal locations where all children 18 and under can enjoy free and healthy meals all summer long.

Features of the website include:

-Location/Site Finder with mapping feature

-Details about each site including; meals served, dates/times of service

-Driving, walking, public transit, or bike directions to sites

-Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Food

-Other resources for food in Connecticut

-Information about the Connecticut No Kid Hungry Campaign and its activities

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Food

What is Summer Food?

Summer Food is common name for the federal Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option of the National School Lunch program. Summer Food provides free, nutritious, meals and snacks to kids and teens, 18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer when school is out.

What kind of food is served?

Summer meals meet federal nutrition guidelines and are comprised of milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat or another protein. To see if particular dietary substitutions can be made, parents or caregivers should contact the sponsor of the program. Sponsor contact information, when available, can be found by using the Location Finder. Some locations serve breakfast and snacks as well as lunch.

What kind of paperwork and/or registration is there?

No paperwork required.

No registration required.

No identification (ID) required.

What is the cost of these meals?

There is NO cost!

All summer meals are FREE of charge to all kids & teens, 18 years of age and younger, at participating summer meals locations.

What else do kids & teens do at the locations besides eat? Some summer meals locations do have activities to help create a fun environment for kids & teens. Activities can be arts and crafts, team sports/outdoor activities, board games, or reading activities. Certain summer meals sites also have nutrition education lessons, gardening sessions, and/or visits from local community guests.

What do adults do while the kids and teens are eating?

Parents and/or guardians should feel free to:

> Chat with other parents and guardians;

> Help get their kids' meal(s) ready if they need help opening or cutting something;

> Assist the site supervisor if they need help; and/or

> Check out the activities offered to kids & teens at the location.

What kind of supervision is there at the locations?

Kids & teens are supervised at the summer meals locations by adult site supervisors and volunteers.

Funding for this website is provided by our national partners:

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