School is ending and summer meal programs
will be starting! OSPI trained more than 180 program sponsors across
the state for summer 2012. WithinReach partners with OSPI to publicize
summer meal programs all through the summer. Right now we have
information about 714 sites across Washington and more will be added
over the next few weeks:
Help us spread the word. Families can find their closest meal site when they:
Special thanks to the Washington Dairy
Council for their continuing support of the Summer Meals Program. Radio
ads playing across the state during the last three weeks of June will
help families find a local site by advertising ParentHelp123.org and the
Family Food Hotline.
Expanded partnerships are getting the message out statewide
Working together, we are getting the word to communities across Washington:
Northwest Harvest, Food Lifeline and
Second Harvest Inland NW will distribute 50,000 summer meal cards
through food banks across the state again this year.
Washington Food Coalition encouraged their
food bank network to publicize summer meals through regional hunger
summits and newsletters.
DSHS has published the Family Food Hotline on itshomepageand is partnering with Children’s Alliance to distribute 30,000 info cards through Community Service Offices.
WithinReach is partnering with the Department of Health to distribute 28,000 summer meals cards to WIC clinics.
School’s Out Washington has been spreading
the word about summer meals through their WA Afterschool Network and
Feed Your Brain grantees.
United Way of King County is sponsoring
bus ads and recruiting volunteers to distribute summer meals
door-hangers in King County neighborhoods.
Keep kids coming to sites all Summer
Successful outreach helps make a successful
meal program. Help feed more kids this summer - use flyers, press
releases, public service announcements and more to tell families and
service providers about local summer meal sites.
Help spread the word about summer meals by
placing a widget on your organization's website. It's simple to use -
type in a zip code and click the arrow to display a list of sites where
kids and teens can access free meals and snacks in their communities.