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Summer Nutrition Programs for 2024

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Posted Monday, May 20, 2024

Summer Nutrition Programs for 2024

Families now have more ways to get their kids the nutrition they need in summer when school meals aren't available. USDA's SUN programs offer convenient, flexible options to help kids reach their full potential.  

Nearly 30 million children participate in USDA’s school breakfast and lunch programs on an average school day. When school is out for the summer, kids lose access to these healthy meals, but they still need nutritious food to grow healthy and strong. This year, Ohio will offer new summer nutrition options to help our children reach their full potential.

With SUN Meals, kids 18 and under can get free meals and snacks at schools, parks, and other group meal locations. In some rural areas, SUN Meals To-Go can be picked up or delivered. And the new SUN Bucks helps families stretch grocery budgets with a $120 grocery benefit for each eligible school-aged child, so you can buy more of the foods your children love!

Dig in and find out what’s available to your family.

SUN Bucks is a new grocery benefit available across most of the U.S. Families with eligible school-aged children can get $120 per child to buy groceries during the summer. Families can receive SUN Bucks on top of other benefits like SNAP and WIC, and children can continue to enjoy free SUN Meals from local meal sites or with SUN Meals To-Go.

If you’re already enrolled in benefits like SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR, your school-age children will automatically be enrolled in SUN Bucks if it’s available where you live. Also, if your child attends a school that offers the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP), and your household income meets the requirements for free or reduced-price school meals, your child may automatically be enrolled in SUN Bucks.

If you are NOT automatically enrolled, you can apply for SUN Bucks directly. To qualify, you must meet income limits and other requirements.  The deadline to submit Fairfield Union Meal Applications for the SUN BUCKS is June 13, 2024 Click here to print an application:  2023-2024 Summer Meal Application for SUN Bucks ONLY(Forms are also available at any school building or the district office.)

Once you’re enrolled, SUN Bucks may be automatically added to your SNAP account OR issued as a separate electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card that will be mailed to your address on file.  Benefits will be available at the beginning of July and expire 122 days after benefits are received.

USDA is making SUN Meals more convenient! If you live in a rural community where SUN Meals are hard to access, you may be able to get SUN Meals To-Go. This means you can get summer meals for your kids picked up or delivered to your home at no cost.

In places where SUN Meals To-Go is offered, it's available to any child aged 18 and under. Check if SUN Meals To-Go is available and find pick-up locations where you live using the SUN Meals Food Finder Map.

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Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2024

May 2024 News

We hope you enjoy reading all about our Global Eats update, National Strawberry month, as well as our lunch heroes in our May Newsletter:

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Posted Friday, May 10, 2024

News from the Fairfield Union Wellness Committee

March Focus on Wellness

The wellness committtee is focusing on heart health for the month of March.  

Spotlight on the Children's Heart Association article 10 Ways to your child healthy. 

Take charge of your child’s heart health by developing habits now that will reap benefits later in life. According to Colin Kane, M.D., pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health? and Director of Cardiology Outreach at UT Southwestern, the most effective way to do this is to make healthy living a priority for the whole family. Visit the Children's Hospital Assocation website to read the entire article: 10 Ways to keep your heart healthy!

Kids Heart Challenge

Bremen and Pleasantville Elementaries also focused on Heart Health during the Month of February by participating in the annual Kids Heart Challenge. This fundraiser, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association, helps bring awareness to the importance of learning Hands-Only CPR, how to use AED's and what to do if an emergency occurs.  Read all about our 2024 Total contributions and Lifetime contributions to the AHA:  Kids Heart Challenge Update

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Posted Monday, March 11, 2024

Boost your energy!

Eat School Breakfast Flyer

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Posted Friday, March 8, 2024

Feburary 2024 News

We hope you enjoy reading all about our Global Foods and our Gold Medal Award in our February News:

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Posted Friday, February 9, 2024

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