For immediate release
November 21, 2011
Kathy Toelkes, Director of Communications, 785-296-4876
Kinsley Library wins summer food program contest
Library earns top honors in the creative category of “Food, Fun and Sun!” story and photo contest
TOPEKA – The Kinsley Library in Kinsley, Kansas was recently recognized in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service’s first ever Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) “Food, Fun and Sun!” Story and Photo contest. The library, which participated in the SFSP for the first time this year, was awarded first place in the Creative category of the story and photo contest.
The SFSP provides free, healthy meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months. The Kinsley Library received its award for its summer reading program, themed One World – Many Stories. The program focused on stories and snacks from around the world. The main activity, World Festival, was attended by about 75 kids each week and took place in the city park. Kids were able to sample foods from different cultures including cinnamon rice cakes from Asia and hot funnel cakes and watermelon from Scandinavia. Two cooking groups also met each week to prepare and cook international cuisine while learning about nutritious meal planning.
The “Food, Fun and Sun!” Story and Photo contest allowed the public to vote for SFSP sites that have proven to provide successful programs in their community. In total, more than 100 submissions were received for consideration in one of the four contest categories: Volunteers, Older Children, Rural, and Creative.
The SFSP is a federally funded program in partnership with the USDA, state agencies and local organizations designed to alleviate hunger in low-income areas for children 18 years old and younger. For more information on the SFSP Story and Photo contest, please visit www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/summer/contest/default.htm. If you would like to initiate a SFSP for your community this summer, call the Child Nutrition and Wellness Team at the Kansas State Department of Education at 785-296-2276.
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