Community Partnerships 

Summer meal programs in Vermont often require collaboration. Developing partnerships with organizations and individuals in your community can be critical in reaching as many children as possible. Volunteers can help with outreach and getting the word out about meal sites, transporting meals from a central kitchen to sites, or leading fun, educational activities for kids.

Consider the following groups to engage as potential volunteers to help serve meals or facilitate activities at your meal sites:

  • High school students needing community service hours

  • Food co-op members

  • Local church groups

  • Rotary Club members

Use this guide from United Way to learn how to recruit, train, and manage volunteers for your summer meals program. 

Grant opportunities

CLiF’s Summer Readers Program provides selected sites with a fun, interactive storytelling event featuring one of their passionate presenters. Every child selects two new books that they take home with them!

New England Dairy & Food Council’s Fuel Up Your Community Grants are available to new and returning summer meal sponsors to help purchase equipment, vehicle wraps, or marketing materials to support summer meal expansion in Vermont.