166. Summer Nutrition for Children: We All Have a Role to Play!

Sunday, October 21
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 144 ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 141223

Only about one in six low-income children who participate in school lunch participate in Federal Summer Nutrition Programs. Regardless of practice area, RDNs, NDTRs, and dietetics students can all play a role in helping to address child food insecurity during the summer. Participants will receive an overview of the Summer Nutrition Program and its health, academic and overall benefits for children and their families. This session will also share innovative approaches used in North Carolina to increase the number of children reached through the Summer Nutrition Program, including developing sustainable partnerships by engaging high school students in the development of a statewide branding and marketing campaign, and hosting regional SummerPalooza! Summits to support organizations in expanding their Summer Nutrition Programs. A case study of the collaborative approach used by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Food for the Summer Program to expand the program will also be discussed.

Award Presentation: Excellence in Practice – DTR Award
Corinne Estelle Worland, BS, NDTR

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the Summer Nutrition Program, its benefits, and how it can be used to prevent child food insecurity and promote good nutrition during the summer.
  • Describe innovative strategies used in North Carolina to expand access to the Summer Nutrition Program and how those strategies can be implemented in other areas.
  • Identify and describe at least three ways that RDNs, NDTRs, and dietetics students can support the Summer Nutrition Program.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4070 – Food security, hunger
  • 4080 – Government-funded Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 8110 – School foodservice

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.1.1 Promotes nutrition programs and resources to address issues of food security, nutritional health and overall health and wellness.
  • 12.3.5 Takes into consideration public health policies and standards related to food and nutrition.
  • 8.2.2 Applies knowledge of health determinants when planning, developing and implementing services, programs, meal plans and menus.


  • Tracy Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND

  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Cynthia Ervin, MBA, RD, LDN

    Summer Nutrition Program Manager

    NC Department of Public Instruction

  • Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN

    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill