Welcome to the HOT August edition of Fresh Focus. During these scorching summer days we're asking folks to checkout our new SummerEats app to help find Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites while reading about one of our SFSP sponsors and our Summer Food Rocks Tour with elected officials.
Action of the Month: Download the SummerEats App!
We are excited about the launch of our SummerEats app that will make it even easier for children to find a meal this summer. SummerEats is available through both the Google Play Store for Androidand Apple App Store for iPhones. If those links don't work simply search "SummerEats" (all one word) in the store.
If you have location services turned on, as soon as you open the app you can find meal sites with 2 blocks, 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5 miles or 10 miles from your current location! You can also type in an address to find meal sites near there. Need directions? Just hit the blue Directions button to open your favorite map app and get directions!
Go Big or Go Home! Hockomock Summer Food Service Program
Before the town was awake on a beautiful Saturday morning, volunteers gathered at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford to spread the word about the new summer meals program one door at a time. The Hockomock Area YMCA and the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition set their goals high when they decided to bring the National Summer Food Service Program to Milford. “Go big or go home,” said Kimberly Cohen, Senior Director of Health Innovation of the Hockomock Area YMCA. Partnering with local churches, schools, and various other community groups, they planned four sites in their first summer as a sponsor, building on the great progress of a pilot model run by the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition last summer.
A grant from Project Bread and the Child Nutrition Outreach Program assisted with the financial resources for marketing and outreach activities through community collaboration, school, student, and parent outreach, and neighborhood canvassing. This year, 14 sponsors were awarded grants for materials including yard signs, banners, billboards, and flyers. The focused door-to-door outreach is highly impactful to reach families who still have not heard about the program.