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Summer Food Program Helps Fill Hunger Gap

Access to healthy nutrition during the summer and throughout the school year is the number one goal of the Child Nutrition Programs at the State Department of Education.  Our partnership with the Idaho Dairy Council has helped bring classroom materials, milk coolers, and summer food activities to many of the schools throughout the state. In addition to these resources, our partnership with the Idaho Dairy Council has been invaluable to us to educate and role model the benefits of nutrient rich foods, such as low-fat and fat free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains as part of a healthy eating plan. This partnership sets an example of a healthful dietary pattern that children can continue throughout adolescence and into adulthood.

The Summer Food program is critically important due to the correlation between healthy eating and learning and lack of food for some families during the summertime.  Our sponsors make it possible for the Idaho Summer Food program to provide meals throughout the summer ensuring students are ready to start a productive school year in the fall.

You can learn more about the Summer Food Program, which is available to all children 1-18, in areas of need, by going to the web site:  https://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/summerFoods/ .  A link is available to find a summer site near you; sites are available across the State of Idaho.  You may also dial the 2-1-1 Idaho Careline for site information.

Lynda Westphal, MHS, SNS
National School Lunch Coordinator at Idaho State Department of Education