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What is the Summer Food Service Program?
During the school year there are 2.8 million Texas students on the free or reduced lunch program, which provides breakfast and lunch five days a week. These students often go without consistent meals on the weekends and holidays. The summer break is a particularly difficult time for such students when those meals are no longer provided. This lack of access to adequate nutrition has been linked to poorer academic performance, which can easily perpetuate the vicious cycle of poverty.
Fortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) enables organizations active in low-income communities to offer free meals to children who might otherwise go hungry during the summer break.
What are Summer Associates?
Summer Associates are AmeriCorps VISTAs serving a summer term with the Texas Hunger Initiative working to build the capacity of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Associates will work under the Texas Hunger Initiative’s Child Hunger Outreach Specialists. Daily activities include creating strategic SFSP plans, designing outreach materials, developing nutrition education materials and supporting local SFSP sites.
What are the dates for the program?10-week program: May 27-August 4
8-week program: June 10-August 4