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Strategies for Schools
Building a Robust Summer Meal Program in Tough Economic Times


Watch the recorded webinar here.

Looking for new opportunities to support students and develop stronger community partnerships? Summer meal programs offer a great opportunity to keep students healthy so they return to school ready to learn.

Target Audience:

School/school district child nutrition directors, county office of education staff, business services directors, superintendents, and other school district leadership.

This webinar provides:

  • An overview of the USDA summer feeding programs for schools
  • Current summer meal program sponsors’ perspective on operating a successful summer meal program.
  • Funding opportunities for summer meal program start-up or expansion.
  • How to do more with less: Responding to tough economic times and budget cuts through development of strong community partnerships to pool resources and sustain programs.
  • Opportunities to promote nutrition and physical activity.
  • Q & A with California Department of Education (CDE) staff and summer meal sponsors.


  • Rodney Taylor, Nutrition Services Director, Riverside Unified School District
  • Norma Johnson, Program Specialist, San Diego Unified School District
  • Pamela Lambert, Nutrition Services Director, Escondido Union High School District
  • Donna Reedy, California Department of Education Nutrition Services School Nutrition Programs Unit
  • Patrice Chamberlain (moderator) California Summer Meal Coalition

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