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A successful summer meal program begins with thoughtful planning and careful management of records and files. To maintain the integrity of the program, it is critical that summer meal sponsor staff and site management are trained and understand the federal and state regulations related to summer nutrition programs. Be sure to check out Food Research and Action Center’s Planning Guide and Calendar.

Below are some resources created by the YMCA of Silicon Valley and San Diego USD that may be helpful in planning your summer meal program. Be sure to also see sample menus provided by summer meal providers and a list of vendors who have been used. We are adding to our library so if you need something specific, let us know and we’ll track it down and add it!


YMCA Operations Checklist for Partner Agencies

Sample MOU

BBQ Line Set-up Map

Salad Bar Set-Up at BBQ Events

Tools for Site Leaders

Site Leaders Training Agenda

2012 Site Leaders Guidebook

Site Leader Key Reminder List

Meal Count Worksheets

Food Ordering Sheet

Daily Meal Count Worksheet

Event Meal Count Worksheet

Weekly Meal Count Record

Site Rules

Site Rules Poster

Summer Meal Site Rules

Summer Meal Site Rules _Spanish



Hot lunch? Cold lunch? Creating a menu that appeals to kids is important to drawing kids to your summer meal program. Summer is a great time to engage kids in a positive culinary experience and help shape healthy habits. Try these:

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