In support of school districts that participate in summer feeding programs, the Center for Ecoliteracy provides coordinated implementation and marketing efforts to improve summer meals, expand awareness, and increase participation.
To meet the nutritional needs of children whose families may be vulnerable to hunger, many public school districts provide nutritious meals at no cost throughout the summer, often working with community partners.
In 2019, the Center for Ecoliteracy launched a Summer Meals Promotional Campaign in Riverside and Sacramento counties in partnership with 10 public school districts in the California Food for California Kids® Network. These districts served freshly prepared summer meals featuring more fruits and vegetables sourced from California farmers.
This campaign was inspired by the belief that all kids in California will benefit from enjoying the abundance of California summer crops. Many fruits and vegetables that are popular with kids - such as strawberries, melon, peaches, cucumber and carrot - are at their peak during summertime, and school districts that purchase summer crops from local farmers are able offer kids the freshest, tastiest produce. This campaign yielded valuable lessons learned for summer meals programs. To find out more, see our Farm to Summer Planning Guide.