When kids rely on school meals throughout the year, they are at risk of not eating at all during the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded child nutrition program established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, have an opportunity to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. AAFB works to support current sites in promoting to students so they are aware of this opportunity. In addition, AAFB is working to help more sites get established where there is need. Learn more about The Summer Food Service Program.
Need to locate a Summer Meals Site? Visit www.azsummerfood.gov for site locations and information or text "FOOD' or "COMIDA" to 877-877.
Free School Meals
￼When kids at risk of hunger get meals in school, it improves their health, reduces class disruptions, and improves their grades. Many low-income schools aren’t aware that they meet the federal criteria to provide free school meals (called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP) to all students. AAFB focuses on increasing the number of schools that implement this provision so more kids can be fed. Through partnerships with schools, Arizona Department of Education and community partners, we work to connect schools and districts with the information and resources they need. Learn more about the Community Eligibility Provision and how schools can apply.
According the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), out of 100 students that qualify for free/reduced lunches in Arizona, only 52 of them are also eating breakfast. Working with the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Dairy Council of Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Education, AAFB encourags schools to implement breakfast models to give more kids a healthy start to the school day. This effort includes training sessions for school personnel, outreach to schools districts, and meetings with schools to help plan successful programs. Learn more about our School Breakfast work.
Learn more about the impacts of Childhood Food Insecutity through our #ImagineaSolution video about Hunger & Education!