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Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program

​The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.

Resource | Best Practices
Best Practices from Across the Nation

Successful summer meal program expansion requires careful preparation and intensive community-based efforts. It requires the sharing of ideas, innovations, and best practices across state lines and time zones. It involves a blend of collaboration that is diverse but united by a single vision: to feed more hungry children during the summer months.

Drawing from relevant examples, best practices by states, sponsors, and partners can serve as inspiration for summer meal programs across the nation. Each of the following topics is an important consideration in the planning of a successful summer meal effort. There are tips, stories of best practices in action, and links to further information.