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Food/Nutrition Services and Transportation

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Each summer, when school is not in session, millions of children from low-income families receive nutritious meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered under the Food & Nutrition Service of the USDA. For the summer of 2015, more than 200 million free meals will be served to children 18 years and under. NCMM is available to provide technical assistance to SFSP grantees to ensure children have access to these summer meal sites. A lack of transportation can be a barrier for those children whose families do not have a private means of transportation and don't know what other transportation services are available to them.

The following news and NCMM resources are available to SFSP grantees to help improve access to summer meal programs:


Magic Food Bus opens for students facing food insecurity (9/23/16). The MxCC Magic Food Bus seeks to alleviate the challenges of food insecurity, defined as the lack of nutritious food, faced by college students and their families. The food pantry will provide nonperishable food items, toiletries and other items.

Transportation Strategies to Connect Youth with Summer Food Programs. Explores potential collaboration strategies mobility managers, transportation providers, and summer meal sites can pursue to reduce the number of children who go hungry each summer. Concludes with suggested strategies that mobility management professionals can use to support access to summer food programs within their communities. (Joblinks Employment Transportation Center, 2013).

Rides to Meals Webinar Series