Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #270
ORDER ADOPTED
Nov 5, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager work with the Department of Human Services and Project Bread to fund additional City summer food sites and collaborate on creative and innovative ways to engage participants in programming that will increase the use of open food sites.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The Summer Food program is a Federal program that allows children and teens up to age 18 to get a meal with no questions, no means-testing, and no cost; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Summer Food program fills the summer nutrition gap for the students in our community who benefit from the free lunch program during the school year; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Federal limitations on the locations of summer open food sites according to Census Tracts make it difficult to equitably serve our most vulnerable children; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

To supplement the Federally funded locations, the City has funded two independent open food sites this year to help fill the gap; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

To ensure that children and teens are getting access to the nutrition they need over the summer, the City needs to look at innovative food delivery programs and sites such as, but not limited to: low cost adult access, adding sites at libraries, and building in meal times during existing programming; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Department of Human Services, and other relevant departments to fund additional City summer food sites so that location will not be a barrier to those who need to be served; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Department of Human Services, Project Bread, and other relevant departments to collaborate on creative and innovative ways to engage children, teens, and families in programming that will increase participation rates at all open summer food sites; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council by April 2019 in time to prepare for the summer food season.

 

Meeting History

Nov 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED