Niki Gribi from Food for People, an organization in Eureka, California, talks about how they formed an innovative partnership with the United Parcel Service (UPS) and their local transit authority to deliver summer meals from a central kitchen to their remote summer feeding sites. UPS and the local transit authority deliver the meals for free and Food for People is able to serve 300-400 children per day at 21 sites all throughout the county. Some of their sites can be up to 70 miles and their partnerships are key to making sure their summer meals are delivered on time. Watch the video to learn more about how to form these creative partnerships in your community and what some of the challenges may be.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program administered by the states that helps fill the summer meal gap for low-income children by reimbursing organizations that serve children meals at feeding sites during summer months. Schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, and camps can provide summer meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low-income families, making a positive impact on the lives of hungry children. These summer food sites are safe and familiar locations where children naturally gather during the summer.
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