Thank you to the many school districts and community organizations serving summer meals to ensure kids are well-fed during the break from school, and ready to learn when they return in the fall. In these last weeks of summer, we encourage sponsors, sites, and community partners to continue robust outreach, and to share your stories and photos of best practices with us, so we can amplify your success and grow summer meals in the years to come.
As you prepare for the school year, the following resources and strategies can help you navigate the return to standard operations, communicate with families, and improve the reach of your programs.
𝙍𝙚𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙣 𝙩𝙤 “𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙊𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨”
After two school years, school meal applications and direct certification are back on the table this year. To support the transition, review our top resources here:
𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘺 𝘒𝘪𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴: 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯
With the return to standard F/RP school meal applications, direct certification should always be the first step in establishing student economic need. Strong direct certification reduces the administrative burden on both schools and families, since it cuts down the number of applications to submit, collect, and process in order to feed students at no cost. Upgrade your direct certification strategies with our tipsheet.
𝘐𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘍𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘈𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘛𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘵
Federal waivers that allowed free school meals for all students ended in June 2022, which means schools must shift back to collecting school meal applications. Hunger Solutions New York and No Kid Hungry New York designed a toolkit to support this process. Watch our short tour of resources to learn how your school can effectively:
• Encourage families to submit a F/RP school meal application.
• Communicate the benefits of submitting household income information through a F/RP school meal application.
• Improve the return rate of F/RP school meal applications.
𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘖𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴: 𝘑𝘰𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘰 𝘒𝘪𝘥 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘺’𝘴 𝘶𝘱𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯-𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥
No Kid Hungry’s Center on Best Practices will be hosting a webinar “Strategies for Collecting Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications: Leveraging Outreach and Promotion” on 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟭𝟴𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟮-𝟯𝗽𝗺.
Webinar Description: The importance of Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications cannot be understated this school year. Join us to learn about tips and tools to inform families about the application, and hear from school nutrition directors who are using their creativity and connections to reach families. Register here.
𝗢𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗼𝘄𝘁𝗵
School breakfast and afterschool meals are proven strategies that improve access to nutrition while generating additional revenue for school nutrition programs. Learn how to leverage these important programs to grow your school meal program this year.
𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮: 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘢𝘥𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺
School Breakfast reduces hunger and sets students on a trajectory toward success in the classroom and beyond. Students who eat school breakfast are more likely to attend school, be better learners, and are more willing to participate in the classroom.
𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘴: 𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘭
Traditional breakfast—served in the cafeteria before the school day begins—often has low participation due to factors ranging from tight schedules to concerns about stigma. Breakfast After the Bell (BAB) addresses these barriers to make the morning meal more accessible. Our BAB factsheet an help schools choose which BAB model is right for their program.
𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘊𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘧𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘭𝘭
Under the Breakfast After the Bell (BAB) legislation, high-poverty public schools — defined as schools with 70% or more students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals — are required to provide BAB. That said, any interested school can opt into serving breakfast after the school day begins.
For additional school breakfast resources, check out No Kid Hungry’s Center on Best Practices resources.
𝘈𝘥𝘥 𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘈𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮: 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘬𝘪𝘥𝘴’ 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭’𝘴 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘴
With many schools planning to start or expand afterschool programming this school year, it’s a great time to consider serving afterschool meals. Eligible schools can receive reimbursement – currently $4.03/meal or $1.18/snack – through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). While schools can already serve afterschool snacks through NSLP, CACFP provides an opportunity for complete meals, which provide greater nutrition for students and a higher reimbursement for your meal programs. We can help you learn more and get started
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗻
Hunger Solutions New York has launched a statewide policy campaign for Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids. We invite you to join us as we work to ensure that all students across New York State have access to school meals at no cost. Here’s how you can engage:
• Join the campaign. Learn more about this campaign and the various ways to get involved with the coalition here.
• Share your story. We want to know why free school meals for all is important to you! Submit your information and Hunger Solutions New York will reach out.