Each year, the USDA recognizes new, innovative practices for improving the reach and impact of SFSP and suggests community partners who might be able help. This year the focus is working within hospitals and health care centers.
While more than 60 percent of children in Florida qualify for free or reduced lunch, only about 9 percent participate in feeding programs. However, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is able provide breakfast and lunch to more than 3,000 children a day.
Recently, through a grant from Feeding America, generously funded by General Mills Foundation, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation conducted an assessment to explore the role food banks are playing and could play in helping every child in America get the breakfast they need.
The food bank decided to leverage their Hunger Free Summer grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation to form partnerships and cover the cost of adult meals at library operated Summer Food Service (SFSP) sites.