Fuel Your Summer

Overview

Fuel Your Summer
No Excuse to be Bored this Summer!

The Sacramento Summer Meals Collaborative and its partners are thrilled to present Fuel Your Summer, which provides youth with access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive during the summer months.

The Fuel your summer toolkit includes resources for site operators to help maintain and increase participation in summer meal service programs throughout the region. Explore the Fuel Your Summer Program and all the resources it has to offer below or download the full toolkit.

We keep adding to the toolkit, so check back often.

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Summer STARS

Summer STARS helps combat the summer slide by offering free educational enrichment programming at 20 convenient neighborhood locations throughout the Sacramento region starting in June through August. 

  • Creates a fun and safe summer spot for kids and families in their neighborhood 
  • Provides kids with free healthy meal throughout the summer 
  • Offers early literacy curriculum and fitness activities designed for Kindergarten through 6th Graders 
  • Encourages kids’ participation and attendance with the opportunity to earn weekly STARS badges and Summers STARS backpack at the end of the summer
  • Tracks program impacts with reading assessments at the start and end of the summer

United Way Summer STARS fact sheet

Help us keep kids on track for the next school year and ready to achieve with a gift to support United Way’s Summer STARS.

Donate Now

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CA Meals for Kids
A brand new app to find summer meal locations!

  There is a new way to stay updated on Summer Meal sites! The Department of Education released a new, free app called CA Meals for Kids. This application makes it easy to find sites by physical location, custom map, county, city, zip code and partial site name. Users can filter searches by service status and meal types (e.g. lunch, snacks, etc.).

Any smart device using Apple, Google Play, or Microsoft stores are available to use.

For complete App details, visit: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp 

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Best Practices

Learning from other communities is a great way to enhance your Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site. The USDA has gathered best practices from communities across the nation and compiled resources to help increase the efficiency of your summer meal program.

USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Best Practices: Program Access and Expansion

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/best-practices-program-access-and-expansion

USDA Meal Service Best Practices

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/sfsp/SMT-MealServiceBestPractices.pdf

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How to Recruit, Train and Manage Volunteers to Support the Summer Food Service Program

This resource is intended to provide a basic overview of the volunteer management process to help you develop a plan to recruit, train, manage, and engage volunteers. While this list is a good overview and quick resource, we suggest you continue to research volunteer management as it relates to your program in order for your volunteer program to thrive.

Volunteers play a critical role for many Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sites across the region. Engaging volunteers to help support your program can help enhance meal service and support enrichment activities to keep youth engaged and coming back all summer long. The number of volunteers you need will depend on many factors, including the role the volunteer will play in the summer meal program, including serving meals, leading activities, how many meals you anticipate serving each day, and existing staff to support your summer efforts.

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Hosting a Summer Kick Off event

A summer kick-off event is a perfect opportunity to engage the community and promote your summer meal site while having a fun, family-friendly event. The scale of your summer kick-off event will vary depending on your organization’s capacity and resources available.

Kick-off events help to introduce summer meals to your community. The goal of the event is to get parents, children and the community excited about your summer meal program.

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Marketing and Promotion
General marketing tips, sample social media, PSAs, etc.

Marketing and promoting your summer meals program is important for getting the word out about your site and to get kids and teens to keep company. We’ve made it easy for you to choose the right message, the best tool, and customize the message to fit your needs – you’ll find sample text for public service announcements, newsletters, social media, letters to parents, calendar listings, and best practices to go along with them!

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Fuel Your Summer Locations

Below is a list of 2019 United Way sponsored sites in the greater Sacramento region.

Antelope

Sacramento Public Library, North Highlands Branch

4235 Antelope Rd • Antelope 95843

June 10, 2019 – August 2, 2019
EVERY TUESDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Fair Oaks 

Sacramento Public Library, Fair Oaks Branch

11601 Fair Oaks Blvd. • Fair Oaks 95628

June 12, 2019 – August 2, 2019
​EVERY TUESDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon 
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.

Sacramento

Rancho Cordova Library

9845 Folsom Blvd • Sacramento, CA 95827

June 10, 2019 – August 2, 2019
Lunch will be served at noon

Washington Square Apartments

410 10th St.• Sacramento 95814

June 18, 2019 – August 15, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at 12 p.m.
Afternoon snack will be served at 3:00 pm

LINC Housing, Mosaic Gardens

4058 Taylor Terrace • Sacramento 95838

June 24, 2019 – August 8, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon snack at 4:00 p.m.

Mutual Housing at Foothill Farms

5324 Hemlock St. • Sacramento 95841

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Glen Ellen Mutual Housing Community 

2394 Glen Elen Circle • Sacramento 95822

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Mutual Housing at Lemon Hill

6000 Lemon Hill Ave. • Sacramento 95824

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Mutual Housing at Norwood I, II, III

3335 Norwood Ave. • Sacramento 95838

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Mutual Housing at River Garden 

2201 Northview Dr. • Sacramento 95833

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served atnoon

Victory Townhomes Mutual Housing Community 

1075 Dixieanne Ave. • Sacramento 95815

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon

Robla Elementary School

5200 Marysville Road • Sacramento 95838

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY TUESDAY- FRIDAY 
Afternoon supper will be served at 3:15 pm

True Life Worship Center

4141 Winters Street • Sacramento 95838

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
Morning snack will be served at 10:30 am
Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm

St. Patrick Academy

5945 Franklin Blvd • Sacramento 95842

June 14, 2019 – August 19, 2019
Lunch will be served at 11:30 am

West Sacramento 

Arthur F Turner Community Library

1212 Merkley Ave. • West Sacramento 95691

June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. 

Camp Lakeside 

3650 Southport Parkway • West Sacramento 95691

June 17, 2019 – August 2, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon snack at 3 p.m.

West Sacramento Recreation Center 

2801 Jefferson Blvd. • West Sacramento 95691

June 17, 2019 – August 2, 2019
EVERY MONDAY – FRIDAY 
Lunch will be served at noon followed by an afternoon snack at 3 p.m.

Carmichael

Carmichael Library  

5605 Marconi Ave. • Carmichael 95608

June 12, 2019 – August 2, 2019
TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS

Lunch will be served at noon