Summer Food Service Program

May 14, 2020: Join us for a noon webinar on the Summer Food Service Program and special grants available to HC Teams.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased need in many communities to support local efforts for children to have access to food. During the school year, most of these children will have access to school meals. With summer quickly approaching, this can be a crucial time where additional support, locations, and volunteerism can make the difference and help ensure children won’t go hungry.

The Health Fund is seeking to support Healthy Congregations teams in coordination with schools and community agencies to help ensure children continue to have access to nutritious food this summer.

Join us Thursday, May 14 at noon for a live webinar about the Summer Food Service Program, changes due to COVID-19, and how Healthy Congregations teams can help. Jill Ladd, Assistant Director of Child Nutrition and Wellness, KS Department of Education, will provide updates and answer questions. Visit to join the WebEx session, or connect via phone: (dial 1-510-338-9438 then enter access code 623 006 743 #). The slide presentation is available here. For those unable to participate live, we’ll post a recording here.


Current Healthy Congregations teams are eligible, as well as new congregations who enroll in the program. These grants are one per church; teams which have previously received a Summer Food Service Program special grant from the Fund are not eligible for another, but are encouraged to apply for a Healthy Congregations COVID-19 Response grant instead.

Levels of involvement by the applying Healthy Congregation church that will be considered are: Sponsor, Site, Significant Reoccurring Volunteerism, Paid Leadership, or Significant Other Participation with the summer food program (please visit with staff if applying under this latter category).

For more information about applying and for qualification requirements, visit or call Child Nutrition & Wellness, Kansas State Department of Education at 785-296-2276.

Mini-grants up to $2,000 can be considered for the following:

• Start-up costs for new programs
• Program Expansions: expanding sites, the number of meals that are served, or the number of months in which meals are served 
• One time resource expenses 
• Project components that will help strengthen the existing site’s work or increase the numbers served: strengthening partnerships / collaboration, providing programs or activities, alleviating transportation barriers, partnering with Kansas Food Bank to provide “Food backpacks” for weekend meals
• Other

Applying for the Summer Food Program Healthy Congregations grant

NOTE: this application form is not tied in with your regular team login username and password.
To get started, use this link to go to the application form then click the “First Time Applicant” button to set up a login; you can save and return to your application later.
To return to your previously started, saved application, use this link.

This opportunity is open to current Healthy Congregations teams in good standing, or to churches signing up to participate in Healthy Congregations. The simple application form includes information on the process and necessary requirements, and asks for:

1) The eligible United Methodist Church serving as grantee and status of formal Church approval for the project and application for the funding;
2) Contact information for the church including project director for grant;
3) Sponsor of food program, if different than applying UMC;
4) Current experience with the summer food program;
5) Situation relevant to funding request (start-up, expansion, one-time need, etc.);
6) Numbers served and numbers planned for service;
7) Other participating organizations, groups and individuals in the project;
8) Budget for relevant funding period;
9) For existing programs, budget information for the project; and
10) Any additional information to provide a clear word picture of the proposed work. 

If you have any trouble with the application form, please email Jeff for assistance. Submitted forms will be reviewed by staff; project contacts will be notified with a funding decision or if there are questions. For approved projects, a single report will be required 30 days after project completion.

If you have questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Katie Schoenhoff, Director of Programs:

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