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2016 Summer Feeding Programs
Outreach Tools
Downloadable Outreach Materials
Spread the word about summer meals to parents, students, businesses and city officials with the following resources! Approved Sponsors can CLICK HERE to order Summer Materials for their meal sites.

Schools and Child Nutrition Directors: TDA will be sending enough parent information cards to inform every enrolled student in your district automatically. Nothing has change from previous years. This bulk distribution will arrive within the next few weeks. This will further assist your districts in meeting the federal requirement, which is to inform all households about the Summer Food Service Program. The materials in the order form link above are for extra community promotion efforts. CEs operating SSO be sure to provide notification as described in Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM), Section 12, Seamless Summer Operation (SSO).




SUMMER GUIDEBOOK

SUMMER BEST PRACTICES GUIDEBOOK
This guidebook details the SFSP resources TDA is providing and includes instructions for utilizing them effectively. As a dedicated sponsor you know that increasing your community’s awareness of the availability of meals is just as important as developing robust meal sites complete with good nutrition and enrichment activities. 

 

BOOKMARKS
Pass out bookmarks to students, libraries and local shops within your community. Bookmarks are double-sided, English and Spanish, and are also available in a fillable option.

DOOR HANGERS
Ask volunteers to help distribute door hangers near your site to help boost participation. Doorhangers are double-sided, English and Spanish, and are also available in a fillable option.


PARENT INFORMATION CARD
Pass these cards out before the end of the year to let parents know about the program. The cards can also be used by local shop owners by leaving them as take-a-ways on counters and by cash registers. Parent Information Cards are double-sided, English and Spanish, and are also available in a fillable option.



POSTERS
Display posters at local businesses and organizations so families in need will know about the program and how to find nearby meal sites. Suggested locations include libraries, shelters, food pantries, churches, hospital lobbies, doctors' offices, post offices, housing authorities, social service agencies, coffee shops, gas stations, Salvation Army and Goodwill locations. Make sure you receive shop owners approval before you hang the posters. Posters are available in both English and Spanish, and a fillable option is available.


Fillable Summer Poster

Program Poster

WEBSITE GRAPHICS

Web Banner
Customize your webpage by uploading web banner. Connect visitors to a webpage specific to your summer activities or to www.SummerFood.org! We also offer banners to customize your social media pages as well. These banners can be accessed by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.

Web Button
Use this web button to direct families to your summer activities or www.SummerFood.org! You can also utilize this button in a social media post to gain followers and direct viewers to the website above.



YARD SIGNS
Use these signs to advertise your summer meals and direct community members to your location! All yard signs are double-sided, English and Spanish. TDA offers 4 different types. 1. Right arrow; 2. Left arrow; 3. Forward/Up arrow; and 4. Fillable option. If yard signs are no longer available to be ordered all 4 can be accessed by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.



KEEP SUMMER MEALS GOING POSTCARD

Use this postcard as a quick way to distribute information about the program. This card is great to place in mail boxes or potential participants car windows in busy partking lots close to your sites. This card is double-sided, English and Spanish. Print your own today by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.



PROCLAMATION
Send electronically to the mayor's office and ask that the mayors and city council members present this "Healthy Summer Meals for Kids" proclamation at a city council meeting. Fill out and print your own today by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.

Proclamation




PRESS RELEASE


Fill in the blanks with local information and send it to local publications and broadcast stations. Newspapers, radio stations and TV stations may consider featuring you and your program in a local interest story for the community. Fill out and print your own today by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.

Press Release



Newspaper Ads

These ads can be utilized by placing in local magazines,newspaper, school newsletters or other publications you have in your commmunity. The ads are currently available in English and fillable, and different sized options are avialable. Fill out your own today by downloading the SFSP Graphics Locker at the top of this web page.

Summer Newspaper Ads




ADDITIONAL TOOLKITS 


The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) lists these resources and providers as a service to school nutrition professionals. This list does not constitute an endorsement or verification of accuracy on the part of TDA.
  • Food Research & Action Center


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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, 
color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:  
mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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