Established in 2013, the Broome County Child Hunger Task Force mobilized diverse
stakeholders to address the problem of child hunger in Broome County through collaboration, education, awareness, and advocacy. The overall goal of the Broome County Child Hunger Task Force is to develop innovative strategies which will maximize New Yorkers’ participation in federally funded food support and nutrition programs – including using locally grown and produced products to the greatest extent possible – and eliminate impediments that result in increased hunger in our communities. Specific goals include:
Increasing access to and participation in the school breakfast program by 50% of all students in 5 years
Increasing access to and participation in afterschool meal programs
Increasing access to and participation in free summer meals program to 50% of all students in 5 years
Increasing the total number of households participating in WIC by 50% in 5 years
Increase access to healthy food among low-income children & families
Strengthening Broome County’s local food systems
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded, state-administered program that provides funding to serve free meals when school is out. Sponsors are reimbursed for serving healthy meals to children and teens in low-income areas. The purpose of the SFSP is to ensure that children -- especially from low-income families -- continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.
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How it Works
Food items are procured, aggregated, and and prepared into breakfasts and lunches by the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Sponsors include: Binghamton City School, Deposit Central School, Harpursville Central School, Union-Endicott Central School, Windor Central School, and Family Enrichment Network. The prepared food items are then transported to the meal sites throughout the county to be distributed into the community.
Summer Meals Sites include churches, schools, community centers, public parks, and can be located by using the map on the home page above. Often time, meal sites are also associated with summer rec. programs and other programming events to engage kids and offer some fun along with their breakfast and lunch!
* We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with summer meal preparation and programming!
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