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How Communities Can Partner to Increase Access to Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

The Carolina Hunger Initiative at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention partnered with the NC Department of Public Instruction on 2021 Summer Nutrition Programs outreach statewide and in rural NC communities. The partnership goal is to increase participation at more than 3,000 NC sites through, the underused USDA-supported free summer nutrition programs for children ages 18 and younger. The team created customized resources and safely hosted lively youth events promoting summer meals and starring the popular mascot, RayFSun 🌞. Learn about strategies for expanding community engagement and access to healthy, appealing meal options – and hear how the project will grow this summer and is RECRUITING COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR PAID INTERNSHIPS to help!

Tamara C. Baker
Jessica Soldavini, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN
Carolina Hunger Initiative
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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