Facts on Summer Hunger for Children in USA and Colorado #JeffcoEats

Summer food for children is reduced to about 18-20 % of what is given by USDA food programs during school year.  If you need to find a food bank for summer here is a link:http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/   

The Summer Food Service Program began in 1968. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is good,
nutritious food that’s “in” when school is “out”. Its purpose is to ensure that children in low-income areas
could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to
school lunch or breakfast.
The Summer Food Service Program is administered at the Federal level by the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services. The Colorado Department of Education’s Nutrition Unit
approves sponsor applications, conducts training of sponsors, monitors SFSP operations, and processes
program payments.
Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service program. To be a sponsor,
you must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and administratively, for running your program.
Which types of organizations are eligible to sponsor SFSP?
Public or private nonprofit schools
Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or state government
Private nonprofit organizations
Public or private nonprofit camps
Public or private universities or colleges
Community and faith based organizations
Sponsors of sites, which are not camps, must serve either;
1. A site in an area in which at least 50% of the children, who live in that defined area are eligible for
free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs.
2. A site which enrolls children, at least 50% of whom meet the SFSP’s Income Eligibility Standards.
At non-camp sites, reimbursement may be claimed for all meals served that meet SFSP guidelines. Sponsors
offering the SFSP at camp sites may claim reimbursement only for the program meals served to enrolled
children who meet the SFSP’s Income Eligibility Standards.
All children 18 years of age and under who come to an approved open site or to an eligible enrolled site may
receive meals.
At camps, only the children eligible for free and reduced-price meals are reimbursed.
Individuals over 18 who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also receive meals.
A site is the physical location, approved by the state agency, where you serve SFSP during a supervised time
period. The five types of sites are:
OPEN At least 50% of children in the area are eligible
for free and reduced price school meals
Area eligibility data from the local
school or census block group
ENROLLED At least 50% of the children enrolled in the
program are eligible for free and reduced price
school meals
Income eligibility statements
describing the family’s size and
CAMP It offers a regularly scheduled food service as
part of a residential or day camp program
An individual child’s eligibility for
free and reduced price meals
MIGRANT It primarily serves children of migrant workers Appropriate certification from a
migrant organization
NYSP It is a college or university participating in the
National Youth Sports Program
A child’s enrollment in NYSP
Sponsors purchase or prepare meals and serve them to the children at the site(s). Sponsors may claim
reimbursement only for meal types they are approved to serve. Non-camp sites can serve either 1 or 2 meals
each day. Sites which are camps, or which primarily serve children of migrant families, may serve up to 3
meals per day (any combination of breakfast, lunch, supper, or snack).
Forms documenting how many meals were served for the month must be submitted to the State agency. The
sponsor will be reimbursed at meals times rate of reimbursement.
If you think you may meet the qualifications;
Contact Connie Harlow, Senior Consultant, CDE Nutrition Unit, @ (303) 866-6650
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from
discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Ave. S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TTY). USDA is
an equal opportunity provider and employer.




No more teachers. No more books. No more free lunch.

A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit.

Fewer than 4 million kids — or just 18% of those in the school lunch program — are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food program. While that’s a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done.

“In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options,” said Duke Storen, a senior director at Share Our Strength, which aims to end child hunger. “It impacts their health and well-being and contributes to learning loss.”



Summer Food Service Program

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More than 200 kids ate lunch at the Central Falls summer meals kick off.

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Last Published: 07/20/2017

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer.


child eating an apple Turnip the Beet! High Quality Summer Meals Award Program SFSP graphic New SFSP resources for site supervisors



Little girl getting some lunch at a summer feeding program.During the school year, 22 million children receive free or reduced-priced mealsthrough the National School Lunch Program. When school is out during the summer months, however, only 3.9 million receive free or reduced-price meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This gap of 1 in 6 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.

Summer Feeding Program & Local Food Banks

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks operates several summer food service programs during the summer that seek to close this gap. These programs help meet the needs of low-income children and their families who face hunger in the summer by providing them with nutritious meals and snacks when school is not in session.

Feeding America network summer interventions include summer meal programs like Kids Cafe®, BackPack programs and School Pantry programs. Food banks often employ other innovative meal distribution models, such as Picnic in the Park programs, which are designed to most effectively utilize the resources available to fill the gap in services for children during the summer months.

When school is out of session, community summer food programs make up the majority of food distributed. These programs typically receive reimbursement through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for meals provided to eligible children. Last year, the Feeding America network served 5.7 million meals to more than 178,000 hungry children through the Summer Food Service Program, which represents a 15% growth in meals distributed from the previous summer.

Find a Summer Food Service Program near you.

Need More Information?

For additional information on the Summer Food Program or any of Feeding America’s child hunger programs contact the programs team.


Summer time is when we get working to join with other organizations to feed the children and families

  1. Website: paypal –
    go to jeffcoeats.org and click on donate link
  2. Check: write check to Jeffco Eats and mail to 11505 w Texas avenue Lakewood CO 80232. You will receive tax receipt with our ein #
  3. Corporate Sponsor – email us at jeffcoeats@gmail.com if your club or corporation would like to support us.
  4. Cash donations: use a card to write your name and address or email to get a receipt
  5. Phone – just go to jeffcoeats.org and click on donate and use paypal or credit card

Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger

Take the Food Stamp Challenge

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That’s about the average amount Coloradans receive from food stamps, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table, whether due to a job loss, health issue, minimum-wage job or misfortune in their life. Food stamps help families and individuals purchase groceries, giving them access to the fuel needed for better, healthier lives and stronger communities…though it’s not always enough for three healthy meals every day.

TWe Challenge Youhe food stamp budget, on average in Colorado, equates to only about $1.40 per meal or $29.40 per week. What if that’s all you had to spend on groceries? Would you be able to eat healthy and thrive?

We challenge YOU to try eating healthy on such a food budget for at least one week. The Food Stamp Challenge not only sheds light on what it’s like to live on such a limited budget, but it can raise awareness of existing barriers like lack of access to high-quality, nutritious food. Let us know if you participate!

Find out how to participate in the Food Stamp Challenge, read what other participants are saying, and share your experience during and after the Challenge. (You also can download our flier about the Challenge.)


What is the Challenge


Download our flier about the Food Stamp Challenge, which includes this list and other information.

This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on limited food budget for one week, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to try and eat healthy on food stamps. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.

How the Challenge works:Groceries

  • It will last for seven consecutive days.
  • Spend no more than the allotted amount per day, including beverages.
  • Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits.
  • Don’t use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily amount. Salt and pepper do not count against the daily cost allowance, but all other seasonings, cooking oils, condiments, snacks and drinks do.
  • Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day.
  • Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere.
  • No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use food stamp benefits on hot meals.
  • You may need to cut coupons or search grocery paper ads on days that items are discounted.
  • Keep a log of what was bought and eaten for each meal, as well as grocery receipts.
  • Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry?

What you can purchase with food stamp benefits:

  • Produce and canned goods
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Dried goods, beans and rice
  • Breads and cereals
  • Baby food and infant formula
  • Soda, chips and candy
  • Coffee and tea
  • Seeds (whether for eating or planting)

What cannot be purchased with food stamps:

  • Hot food or any food that you eat in-store
  • Pet food
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cigarettes
  • Medicine and vitamins
  • Non-edible household items like diapers, soap, laundry detergent or toilet paper


RESOURCES: Trying to eat healthy on a food stamp budget



Food Stamp Challenge participants are encouraged to keep a daily journal and share their experiences—during and after the Challenge—with Hunger Free Colorado, as well as with their friends, family and others. Email us and let us know if you participate! 

  • Do a daily journal or video diary, recording your thoughts or yourself with a smartphone. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry? What did you learn from this experience?
  • Blog about it. Post your daily journal or video diary online, or simply write posts for your own blog or community newspaper. Include photos of your purchased food and meals. Consider doing a guest blog for Hunger Free Colorado like others have. See past blog posts.
  • Post about the Challenge on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share daily updates, recipes used, photos of your purchased food and meals, and an end-of-the-week recap. Use the hashtags #SNAPChallenge and #EndHungerCO to engage more people in the conversation. Post on Hunger Free Colorado’s Facebook page and tag our Twitter and Instagram handle, @HungerFreeCO, for possible re-posts.
  • Use your voice—talk about your experience with others. Did you come away with greater awareness and understanding for the hunger challenges that affect so many in our state? Have discussions with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others in social circle. Share your experience with members of your church, civic organizations and other clubs.
  • Give a presentation about your experience and invite a representative from Hunger Free Colorado to provide insight into the issue and solutions for eradicating hunger.
  • Contact your community or neighborhood newspapers, and see if they would let you write a guest column about your experience.
  • Encourage others to take the Food Stamp Challenge. When sharing your experience, ask others if they would be interested in trying it for one week. Share this web page, too.

After taking the challenge, we urge you to become more involved in the fight against hunger. Everyone must be a part of the solution if we want to create a hunger-free Colorado. There’s a place for you at the table. Learn more about what you can do today and in the future.