Thursday, June 10, 2010
CDM's AmeriCorps team: Food on the Move
During the school year, over 19,000,000 children participate in the free and reduced rate school lunch program, another Department of Agriculture program. However, during the summer months, that number drops to approximately 2,500,000 participants. The USDA is committed to closing that hunger gap for low-income children. Food on the Move provides a workable, scalable model that could be rolled out nationally. Such a move is our hope as we work to perfect the process here in Dallas this summer. PepsiCo is engaged in a similar effort this summer in Chicago in a partnership with Catholic Charities.
A typical stop on the Food on the Move routes sees a team of AmeriCorps members arriving 30 minutes before the meal delivery to gather and organize the children at the location. PepsiCo delivers the meals and our AmeriCorps team remains after the delivery team leaves. During the concluding half hour, our team conducts recreational, social and educational activities and invites the children to return at the same time the next day and bring friends with them. This process repeats itself at 20 sites each day.
To get a feel for how Food on the Move works click here to view a CBS Channel 11 news report on the effort.
Expect additional updates throughout the summer!