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Team Nutrition Recipes
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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.

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Best Practices: State Agency Achievement

The initiative and leadership of the state agency are critical to the local success of any summer meal program. This section highlights the best efforts of state agencies in customer service and administration. 

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Best Practices: Special Populations

This section describes the successes sponsors have had in meeting the unique needs of children and attracting them to their summer meal sites.

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Best Practices: Program Access and Expansion

This section presents ideas on outreach activities that have helped communities expand meal services and participation. 

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SFSP Best Practices - Activities

This section features sponsors that, in addition to providing basic meal services, have successfully integrated quality social, recreational, or educational activities into their programs. 

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Best Practices: Sponsor Retention

This section is a collection of strategies from several states who found success in retaining their SFSP sponsors.

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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.

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Best Practices: Meal Service

This section shares ideas that creative sponsors have used to enhance the overall quality of the meals they serve. 

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Meal Patterns