Boston Eats Summer Meal Site 2019 Mini-Grants
The mission of the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Food Access (OFA) is to improve equitable access to nutritious food with respect to affordability, physical accessibility, and cultural appropriateness. To fulfill this mission, OFA has partnered with Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP), and YMCA of Greater Boston to increase non-traditional Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in the City of Boston.
The SFSP is a federal program administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in Massachusetts. The SFSP ensures that low-income children ages 18 and under receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. In 2018, 183 combined open and closed meal sites were offered across the City of Boston.
Boston Eats program, lead by the Office of Food Access with the support of the Project Bread’s Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP), and YMCA of Greater is an innovative program to increase non-traditional sites in Boston, making these meals more available to those who qualify for SFSP, engaging the community to be part of the solution.
We know that many families rely on school meals, and struggle during summer months providing healthy and nutritious food to their children. Through Boston Summer Eats, the Office of Food Access, Project Bread, and the YMCA engage in a joint effort to make sure that we close the summer food gap, providing meals to kids and supporting families and communities during this time.
Funding for this mini-grant is made possible by Boston Children's Collaboration for Community Health grant.