Monday, March 7, 2011

Summer Fun Café Military Outreach Saluted

Summer Fun Cafe 2010
Summer Fun Café Kickoff Event at Skyline Hills Community Park on June 24, 2010
Congratulations to the hard-working and innovative staff at San Diego Unified's Food Services Department and their Summer Fun Café for receiving another honor: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Western Regional Office award for Service in Distinctive or Rural/Underserved Communities.
An Honorable Mention Sunshine Award was given for developing a unique program tailored to the needs of families living on military bases in order to serve more children.

The Summer Fun Café has won three previous USDA Summer Sunshine Awards in three different categories:
  • Successful Community Partnerships, 2005
  • Integrating Nutrition Education and Physical Activities, 2008
  • Increasing Nutritional Value of Meals and Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, 2009
The Summer Fun Café serves lunches and snacks to children during the summer when school is out at 61 neighborhoods whose schools have more than 50 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The program is in 23 parks, at eight military programs and at schools, YMCAs and various community centers.

For more information contact Gary Petill, director, Food Services at (858) 627-7301.

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