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2012 Summer Food for Children Demonstrations

In the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Act (PL 111-80), Congress authorized demonstration projects to develop and test methods of providing access to food for low-income children in urban and rural areas during the summer months when schools are not in regular session, as well as a rigorous independent evaluation of the projects regarding their effectiveness.

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) launched the first of these projects, known as the Summer Food for Children Demonstrations, in the summer of 2010. Additional projects are planned over the next several summers. States will be selected to operate the demonstrations based on a competitive proposal process.

Application materials and additional information are provided below. We encourage all States to apply for this exciting opportunity to find innovative ways to reduce and prevent childhood food insecurity and hunger during the summer. Applications are due in the Fall, exact dates vary. Please consult the materials below to determine which projects best suit your state.

Application Packages

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Page updated: January 10, 2024