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A G ENCY 360
Resource Newsletter
2019 - Volume 4

Julie Pruett is the Program Coordinator for the Columbus Recreation and Parks summer feeding program, GO Lunch! Go Lunch! is the local brand of the national USDA summer feeding program. GO Lunch! will be provided at 190 sites across Franklin Co. for children ages 18 or younger during the months June - August 2019.

New to the list of summer feeding sites for this year is all of the urban branches, of the Columbus Metro Library. In order to make the process easy and accessible a child (1- 18 yrs.) need only check in at the front desk to ask where the summer lunch or snack program is being served. Libraries will offer summer foods June 3 through August 16th; helping fill the gap when school is out.

Last summer the Columbus Recreation and Parks summer feeding program served nearly 485, 000 kids! They are set to do the same plus more this summer. "I think we will be close to 500,000" said Julie. "We are not the only sponsor of summer foods and feeding sites but we are the biggest."

  • Most sites will offer lunch and a snack. Some sites will also offer breakfast.
  • To find a site near you click here- GO Lunch!
The community centers which make up the vast majority of the Columbus Recreation and Parks program and participation in GO Lunch! will offer varied services. All will provide lunch while others may include lunch plus snack or breakfast plus lunch or breakfast, lunch and snack. To know exactly what free summer foods are available contact the individual recreation center.

You can find the list of Summer Feeding-Rec Center sites here: Recreation Centers

In addition to the lunch and snacks from the GO Lunch! program Mid-Ohio Foodbank also partners with many of the Columbus Recreation and Park centers to provide fresh produce. Families can visit these centers and pick-up free produce. Go to Agency Zone or click the link to access the Produce Markets By Agency Name List for sites, dates, and times to share with your customers.

In the photos below are two sites that provide both summer meals for kids and fresh produce markets for the whole family.
Adams Community Center served 3,000 summer meals for 2018 and expect to do as many and more this summer.

They will begin summer meal service on June 10th, M-F until August 17th.

All kids 18 or under are welcome. IEP individuals up to age 21.

  • 9:30am Breakfast Service
  • 12:00pm Lunch Service

854 Alton Ave. 
Columbus, OH 43219 
(614) 645-3051 
Howard Community Center will begin their summer lunch service on June 10th, M-F until August 16th.
All kids 18 or under are welcome. IEP individuals up to age 21.

  • 12:00pm Lunch Service

2505 N Cassady Ave,
Columbus, OH 43219
Summer Food Service Program
Help Spread The Word
All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

For more information or to find a location near you call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479)
Click Here for a clickable Map of summer food program locations.

* ** This Map is Not Yet Active for the 2019 summer feeding program.
Check back often as we expect it to be activated soon. ***
Raise Awareness- ( From the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Website)
Promoting Summer Meal sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat. Anyone can do outreach using the resources we have here. Sites, sponsors, community advocates, and volunteers can use a variety of tools to draw attention to Summer Meals.

Reach out to the 2-1-1 call center in your area to have them list your Summer Meals sites as a resource for families in need. 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referrals to services that provide help with food, housing, employment, health care, and more.

Summer Meals Promotional Materials-
Flyers, bookmarks, postcards and more in both English and Spanish to let families know about the availability of Summer Meals and how to find meal locations near them.   
Kids Cafe at Mid-Ohio Foodbank
EXPLORE- Summer food opportunities with Mid-Ohio Foodbank! Consider partnering with Kids Cafe if you are interested in hosting a summer lunch or snack program. We can help with freshly made, from scratch, nutritious lunches kids actually want and are excited to eat. Plus we will deliver to your site ready for mealtime.

Kids Cafe can even provide lunches throughout the school year and help with the paperwork.

To learn more about this service, menus, and how we can help you feed the youth customers in your area call Sha-Wana Pressley @ 614.317.9426 or email
From the Carsey Institute
Challenges in Serving Rural American Children through the Summer Food Service Program
Local Champions help rural Programs
The USDA encourages local sponsors to recruit “local champions” or local people who promote the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in their community as a strategy to build collaborations with local organizations and increase participation. The six sponsors who had local champions and six administrators who knew about them were enthusiastic about the strategy.
They described a range of benefits, including talking with parents and increasing awareness of SFSP in communities, finding and persuading kids to come to the sites, coordinating volunteers and organizations, collaborating on program operation, providing outreach to potential sponsors, identifying sites with the greatest needs, and providing vision to the local program.
If you have questions or would like to share your thoughts and suggestions for future topics and/or resources your agency uses you think other partners in our network would find valuable email Ann L. Miller-Tobin: