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. All schools are required to pass out information even if they are not participating in the Summer Meals Program.
The materials in the order form link below 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 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.
SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT PACKET
This packet provides social media post in English and Spanish and offers instructions on when and how to utilize the posts and images provided. The images to all posts in this packet can be found by downloading the graphics locker on this page.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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