The Chapel Hill Carrboro City School District (CHCCS)
"Food for the Summer" Program will feed children at CHCCS sponsored and community sites from
June 13 - August 12, 2016.
Thanks in large measure to the efforts of the Varsity Church of Chapel Hill in cooperation with No Kid Hungry NC, and TABLE, four community sites were established in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area to provide "food for the summer" in the last three years. Last year 901 children were fed during the summer months.
This year participating organizations and individuals, with the support of Mayor Hemminger of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Town Council along with an army of volunteers, hope to increase the number of community sites from 4 to 20 and feed more than 1,600 of our children. The school district will make the food and volunteers will pick up, deliver, and manage the serving of the food at the community sites.
Of the expanded interest, and support for the program, Chad Simpkins of Varsity Church says, "It’s been neat to see all the different people around the table not just talking but actually putting action to words…we had the vision of what it looked like to feed kids in the community and to see the community itself embrace that and use that to feed more kids is a really great thing to watch it grow. It may be organized chaos, but in the end the kids will get the food and that is what matters most."
As of January 5, 2016, in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro School District 3,473 Pre-K through high school children were enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. This program provides free and reduced meals to eligible children.
Last summer only 900 children in our community received meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
This summer we hope to feed 1600 children with your help!
Last year more than 22 million children received meals during the school year through the National School Lunch Program. Only 2.7 million received meals during the summer through the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). "This gap of 1 in 8 summer to school-time participants is the result of various barriers experienced only during the summer, including a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness, and limited resources when schools are closed."
In 2016, the USDA's Summer Food Service Program is projected to serve 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.
Sources: CHCCS, USDA Food and Nutrition Service; Feeding America: Summer Food Service Program