Release No. 0309.11
FNS Communications (703) 305-2281
USDA Launches Contest to Celebrate
Success in the Summer Food Service Program
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 – USDA's Food and Nutrition Service today launched
a photo contest to look for and promote best practices in the
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The competition, Food, Fun and Sun!
The Summer Food Service Program Story and Photo Contest, is open to sponsors
and sites participating in the SFSP, which provides free, healthy meals to
children in low-income areas during the summer.
"We must do all we can to ensure that children get nutritious food during the
summer so they are ready to learn and succeed during the school year," said
Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services.
"This contest helps highlight the critical role of summer meals and summer
feeding programs in ending childhood hunger and providing our children the
nutrition needed to be healthy, active and ready to win the future."
Food, Fun and Sun! will highlight successful programs in four
categories to share with SFSP sponsors and sites across the country. Contest
winners will be recognized nationally.
Photo contest categories include:
- Volunteers: Examples of programs that use volunteers to support their
- Older Children: Examples of successful programs that address hunger
among older kids, aged 12-18.
- Rural: Examples of successful programs in rural areas.
- Creative: Examples of the best creative programs that "think outside the
box" to serve kids and teens.
For more details about the Food, Fun and Sun! The Summer Food Service Program
Story and Photo Contest including submission guidelines and contest rules,
please visit the competition webpage at
The SFSP, a federally funded program designed to alleviate hunger during the
summer for children 18 years old and younger, operates through partnerships
between USDA, state agencies and local organizations. Program sponsors, which
include schools, government agencies, residential and non-residential camps and
faith-based organizations, served nearly 134 million meals at eligible sites in
During the regular school year, about 21 million children from low-income
households receive free or reduced-price meals through USDA's School Breakfast
and National School Lunch programs, compared to about 3 million fed through
summer programs. Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation – but communities across
the Nation are working hard to make sure every child has the food they need,
even when school is not in session.
USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15
nutrition assistance programs, including the child nutrition programs, that
touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. These
programs work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger.