Child Nutrition Resources from Hunger Solutions NY

Register Now: Summer Meals Webinar:
Closing the Summer Meals Gap: Updates & New Resources to Reach More NY Kids This Summer
Mar 24, 2022 at 11:00 AM
It may be cold out, but summer is just around the corner, and many sponsors, sites, and community partners are already hard at work planning strong summer meal programs to ensure kids stay well-nourished over the summer break. Join Hunger Solutions New York, No Kid Hungry New York, New York State Education Department, and peer sponsors to discuss program updates, new outreach resources, and innovative strategies to reach even more kids and teens this summer. Can’t make it? Register anyway to receive follow up resources.
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Grant Opportunities from No Kid Hungry New York:
No Kid Hungry New York is announcing several new grant opportunities to help expand access to meals for kids in New York. These grants include funding to support partnerships between school districts and community organizations for projects like SNAP outreach and school pantries; school nutrition grants to support school meal programs; and funding to support school district summer meal programs. Learn more about the grants and submit the interest form by visiting this website: https://state.nokidhungry.org/new-york/resources/grant-opportunities/. To be considered for one of these grants, all school districts must submit the interest form by March 7, 2022.

Looking to implement or expand Breakfast After the Bell programs? Check out the Breakfast After the Bell grant opportunity and apply by April 15, 2022: https://state.nokidhungry.org/new-york/resources/grant-opportunities/.

New Report on School Meal Participation:
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has released a new report, The Reach of Breakfast and Lunch: A Look at Pandemic and Pre-Pandemic Participation (https://frac.org/research/resource-library/breakfast2022?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=500ccec5-119a-4dee-9fc2-7833ffda0a04), that reveals more than 1 million children in New York State received lunch on an average school day during the 2020–2021 school year, a dramatic decrease of more than 637,00 children, compared to lunch participation rates in the 2018–2019 school year—the last full school year prior to the pandemic. The report also shows that school nutrition departments will need ongoing support from USDA and policymakers to continue to increase access to healthy meals and also recover from the financial and operational challenges created by the pandemic.