May/June 2017 Fresh Focus

Summer is fast approaching, and with it, longer days, warmer weather--and most importantly, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)! Here at the Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP), we're ready to help you make this summer of serving meals to kids the best one yet. Read on to find helpful information for planning your summer meals program, learn about our SummerEats app, and more!

Child with milk and sandwich

Planning For Your Summer Program? CNOP Can Help

  • If you're a new site looking to make a big splash in feeding kids and teens this summer we invite you to join a webinar on June 6th to learn how we can help. We also welcome existing sites and sponsors interested in learning more about the services we provide. 
  • Planning a SFSP Kickoff, Blitz Day, or a general outreach strategy for your program? Our team is here to provide support and help plan for a successful event. Email cnop@projectbread.org for more information.
  • Whether you're planning your Kickoff and Blitz Days, or just need some materials to get the word out about your program, CNOP has a variety of free materials to help. Find SFSP posters, brochures, bookmarks, doorknockers and more at meals4kids.org/getmaterials. Be sure to check out our newest materials: SFSP bookmarks and downloadable SummerEats flyers.
Child holds tray with milk and food

The SummerEats App Makes it Easy to Find Summer Meal Sites!

Kids and teens can find meal sites nearby at the touch of a smartphone. The SummerEats app, available free for iOS and Android devices, allows anyone to quickly and easily find the sites closest to them. Simply enter an address to find a list of sites with hours, days and directions. Help promote the app in your community with our informational flyers

Register for SFSP Training Sessions

Don't forget to register for sponsor training sessions with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The USDA requires SFSP sponsors to attend annual training sessions. Find a full list of sessions here.

There's Still Time to Participate in the Walk for Hunger!

This Sunday, thousands of people will walk in Massachusetts to support programs that alleviate hunger across the state. By walking, running, volunteering, or donating, you can help fund more than 300 hunger relief programs in nearly 100 communities. Learn more and register today!

Take Advantage of Local Produce Over the Summer!

Let Massachusetts Farm to School help you source local, fresh, in season produce for your summer meals program and get kids excited for Massachusetts produce during our great growing season. Sign up for their Summer Harvest of the Month program and receive bright, beautiful promotional posters, trading cards, and stickers to help promote local foods and healthy eating. Along with the materials they will also send a monthly newsletter with recipe ideas, food and agriculture based educational activities, and procurement information. To learn more, please visit our website.

Chefs in Schools Menu Byte

Celebrate summer with a vibrant, kid-tested fruit salad!

Fruit Salad

Yield: 50 servings

Serving size: 1 cup

  • 1 can peaches
  • 1 can pears
  • 1 can pineapple chunks
  • 10 fresh oranges, no rind, cut into slices
  • 10 fresh pears, diced
  • 10 fresh apples, diced
  • 10 fresh bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp or pinch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. or dash vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Open and thoroughly drain all canned fruit and place in a large bowl. Wash and cut the fresh fruit, cutting the banana last.
  2. Mix the fresh and canned fruit. Add the lemon juice and spices.
  3. Chill and serve.