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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Free Webinar about Summer Meals for Kids at Libraries!

"Read and Feed! Connecting kids to Libraries and Summer Meals"
Date: May 2nd (Friday), 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Description: Join us as we discover ways to engage children during the long summer months to libraries and summer meals! This Friday you'll be able to hear from exciting speakers throughout the country on innovative and unique ways to engage the community and prevent summer learning loss. If you wanted to increase participation at your library during the summer or looking for a cool new partnership or if you wanted to learn more from USDA experts about how to start your own summer feeding site then come join us this Friday from 2-3 p.m. CST. Register today so your space is reserved. Space is limited and registration will conclude Thursday so make sure you sign up today!

*        Michael Walton - USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Background on the Summer Food Service Program
Every summer when school ends, millions of kids and teens are at risk of going hungry because they no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they received when they were in school.  The USDA has created the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to cover this summer meal gap.   However, SFSP is one of the most underutilized government programs with only about 16% of eligible kids participating.  This is why we need your help.  You, as an individual or organization, can get involved in so many different ways.  You can serve the meals, promote the program, provide transportation, volunteer at summer food sites, partner with other sites for activities, or even go out and find new sites and sponsors. For more information about SFSP please visit: www.summerfood.usda.gov>.

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