SFSP Kickoff Jumpstarts Another Summer Serving Meals Statewide
On February 8, more than 100 sponsors, site supervisors and partners gathered in Devens, Mass., to kick off the 2017 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). ESE Director of Food and Nutrition Programs Rob Leshin and USDA Northeast Regional Office Special Nutrition Programs Director Candice Stoiber gave welcoming remarks, followed by a keynote address from Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker. In her keynote, Ellen noted the importance of the SFSP and highlighted a core mission of Project Bread's work: "We believe in feeding children where they live, learn, and play. No stigma, no shame." She also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of all who work on the SFSP, whether it was their first year or their twentieth. Mickey Guzman and Neddy Latimer from the Spanish American Center and Ruth Campbell, of Church of the Holy Spirit, as well as Amy Socolow from ESE, all received the first ever Legacy Awards to honor their 20+ years working to promote summer meals to kids across Massachusetts.
Sessions at the day-long Kickoff covered a wide range of topics, from holding Blitz Day outreach events in your community to introducing summer meals at non-traditional sites, like farmers markets, libraries and health centers.