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USDA Summer Nutrition Programs Help Prevent the Summer Slide

 
 
Organizations such as the USDA partners with schools, community groups and local governments across the country to help provide free meals to children when kids are on summer break.

The USDA has a Summer Food Site finder to help children and teens 18 and younger find summer meals in their community. http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

Team Nutrition is introducing its first materials for summer meal sites!  These new materials are designed to help families learn more about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity over the summer months, to raise awareness of the summer meal programs, and to make it easier for summer meal sites to offer enrichment activities. 

·        The Take a Healthy Summer Break infographic and the This Summer, Eat Smart to Play Hard parent handout are colorful, parent-tested materials featuring practical tips to help families make small shifts that can lead to a healthier summer for the whole family. 

·        The Summer Food, Summer Moves kit is also available for summer meal site operators and includes fun activities with positive nutrition messages along with kid-tested recipes that can be used in a variety of summer meal settings.  The kit also includes posters, family handouts, flyers, and a placemat activity sheet.  Learn more at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/summer-food-summer-moves.

If you want to learn more about USDA's program or how you can get involved contact: 

Maya E. Maroto, EdD, MPH, RD

Nutritionist

USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Child Nutrition Programs

Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance Division 

maya.maroto@fns.usda.gov