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The Feed Your Brain project provides resources to high-poverty, rural communities in Washington State to support programs that ensure low-income children eat healthy food and stay engaged in literacy and academic enrichment activities during the summer months. Many children in these communities experience hunger in periods when they do not have access to the free school lunch programs.
Feed Your Brain program sites are required to sponsor open sites through the USDA/OSPI Summer Feeding Program and receive grants and technical assistance to support literacy and academic enrichment activities. In 2007, 17 grantees across the state participated in the program and provided meals to an average of 950 children each day. The program is now accepting applications for summer 2008. (See Funding Announcement Below)
By linking summer meal programs and academic enrichment activities, Feed Your Brain aims to increase awareness of the meal programs and encourage families to participate. Program sites receive assistance with developing outreach strategies to reach more families. Expanding access to the Summer Feeding Program by encouraging new sites to apply to become an open site under the Summer Food Service Program through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Children's Alliance, School's Out Washington and the Discuren Charitable Foundation
Featured: Winter 2008
Children in high-poverty, rural communities