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The most immediate goal of the Summer Food Service Program is to provide nutritious meals to children in high-need areas when school is out for the summer months. This takes volunteers — and lots of them — especially in July and August. By increasing the number of volunteers and creating a summer-long effort, Texas can begin to tackle the more difficult issues of food scarcity and obesity.

Volunteers are vital to a successful Summer Food Service Program and faith-based organizations are ideal places to recruit volunteers for this program. Volunteers can help with the basics such as delivering food and providing transportation, administrative, or program support.  Administrative support examples are helping the site supervisor create a serving schedule or helping with training, background checks or completing other documentation a feeding site may require. Program support examples are providing outdoor education or supervising kids while they play outside or organizing and leading field trips to a local farm, farmers' market, nature center or state park. They can also help create activities and events that attract youth and help forge healthy habits and life skills.  

1. Connect with your local sponsor or site.
Contact Health and Strength and Daily Food for a list of congregations involved with SFSP. Volunteers at a local SFSP site or food bank can:
❑ Help the site supervisor create a serving schedule.
❑ Help with training, background checks or completing other documentation a feeding site may require.

2. Provide programming.
Programming is what keeps children coming back and learning. Outdoor activities, games, field trips, and gardening will help your SFSP to be one that not only provides food but also helps to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Volunteers in your congregations can help by:
❑ Provide outdoor education or supervising kids while they play outside.
❑ Creating a kids community garden. These gardens help educate youth about healthy foods and give them the opportunity to connect with nature.
❑ Organizing and leading field trips to a local farm, farmers' market, nature center or state park.