THE FAMILY DINNER PROJECT
We've partnered with The Family Dinner Project (TFDP) to bring more families together around the table.
Trained in the planning and facilitation of TFDP events, Montana No Kid Hungry staff can help support your community in hosting its own community dinner that brings families together and provides valuable tools to make dinners happen at home.
Check out The Family Dinner Project to learn more about why eating together is so important, and how the program works.
Through the Cooking Matters initiative led by Share Our Strength, there are endless resources available to help families learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible. We think that the following links are good places to start exploring!
In partnership with Share Our Strength, Montana No Kid Hungry facilitates interactive Cooking Matters at the Store tours to teach low-income families four key food shopping skills: buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budget, identifying whole grains, comparing unit prices and reading food labels. The 60 to 90 minute tour is led by skilled facilitators with varied backgrounds: culinary professionals, health professionals, WIC coordinators, Head Start staff and teachers, etc.
Summer Meal Sites
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children and teens up to age 18 in low-income areas throughout the summer months when they are out of school. For many kids struggling with food insecurity, school meals become a source of nutrition they rely on. When schools close that meal source is no longer available and families are left trying to make up that deficit. Head over to this video to learn more about the impact of summer meal sites. Montana No Kid Hungry has partnered with many communities across the state to develop or upgrade a summer meal program. Our most recent endeavors have been focused on assisting partners in getting a summer food truck up and running in their towns! Below you will find several awesome resources to help you plan and design a summer meal program in your community: Strategies for Increasing Participation There are many ways to increase the number of children that eat Summer Meals. This 1-page resource gives site sponsors some simple ideas for how to make their site more appealing for kids of all ages! Mini-Grant Availability and Ideas Montana No Kid Hungry has mini-grant funding available for you to try something new at your SFSP site! Whether you want to start a food truck or do more promotion/outreach in your community, we can help you make that happen! Corporate Group Volunteering Opportunities at SFSP Sites Is your business or organization looking for a volunteering opportunity for a group of employees? During the Summer months, we can connect you with fun opportunities in communities across the state of Montana. Cultivate Awareness: Community Outreach Calendar Marketing your summer food program can be much easier with the community outreach calendar. This resource is full of innovative and fun strategies to effectively promote your summer food program to bring more hungry kids to your site and keep them coming throughout the summer. We recommend you picking a track to commit to follow in order to get the most out of your outreach plan, but you may also pick and choose different strategies that you think will work best in your community. So You Want to Host a Kick-Off Event? Download the Montana SFSP Kick-Off Event Planning Toolkit! This is a great resources for your organization to promote and launch a memorable SFSP site in your community! The toolkit includes step-by-step instructions on how to plan, promote, and put on a successful SFSP site kick-off event, and keep kids coming back throughout the summer!