Raise Awareness

Last Modified: 07/17/2014

Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer.  The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat.  Anyone can do outreach using the resources we have here.  Sites, sponsors, community advocates, and volunteers can use a variety of tools to draw attention to summer meals.  

Advertise Your Sites  

Register Sites

Register Sites With National Hunger Hotline
Make sure your summer feeding sites are registered with the National Hunger Hotline so that people can find your sites.  Families in need of food help call the National Hunger Hotline to find summer feeding sites and it is important that your sites are listed in the hotline directory.  Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE for Spanish speakers and see if the operator has your sites in the directory.  If your sites are not listed, you can fill out this excel template and send it to nhc@whyhunger.org.    

Team Up with 211

Team Up With 2-1-1
Reach out to the 2-1-1 call center in your area to have them list your summer feeding sites as a resource for families in need.  2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referrals to services that provide help with food, housing, employment, health care, and more.  2-1-1 is currently in all 50 states and serves over 90% of the population.  Click here to find your local 2-1-1 call center and list your sites with them. 

Summer Meals Toolkit

Toolkits

Summer Meals Toolkit

The Summer Meals Toolkit is designed for individuals and organizations interested in serving as Summer Meal champions in their communities at any level of program administration. The toolkit is web-based, and includes seven ‘mini-toolkits’ targeting specific audiences and topics.

Printable Outreach Materials

Summer Meals Flyer Summer Meals Flyer and Door Hanger

Highlights a toll-free number and online map that families can use to find summer feeding sites closest to them.  The door hanger allows you to write in more local information specific to your community.  Hang them up and hand them out where you work and live. 

   

Multimedia Products

Radio PSAs

Radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Download any one of the summer meals PSAs and work with your favorite local radio station to get them played for free.  Click here to learn how to work with radio stations to play PSAs for free. 

PSAs to Families:

 PSAs to Recruit More Sites and Sponsors

Transcripts (some radio DJs prefer to read the PSAs themselves)

Training Videos Training Videos
Watch summer meals sites, sponsors, state agencies, and community advocates talk about their innovative strategies and successful practices.  It would be even better if you hosted a viewing for your colleagues and other community organizations.

Recruit Volunteers

Recruit Volunteers

Recruit Volunteers to Help Your Summer Program

Post volunteer opportunities for summer meals at http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/endhunger-sfsp to recruit volunteers for your summer program. Volunteers can be invaluable to sites and sponsors.  Volunteers can help prepare, deliver, serve, and clean-up meals.  Volunteers can also organize and lead enrichment activities for the kids and teenagers that come to the sites.