Natomas Unified wins U.S. Department of Agriculture Award for exemplary summer feeding program

--- Published on November 21st 2017 ---
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For offering a lifeline to every hungry local child by serving more than 91,000 free breakfasts, lunches and snacks last summer, Natomas Unified has won a U.S. Department of Agriculture “Summer Sunshine Award” in the category, “Raising Community Awareness.”

The award honors programs providing exemplary food service during summer months while schools are closed. NUSD distributed free meals at 18 local sites, including 10 schools.

NUSD’s summer feeding program ended with a huge community party at Natomas High School that attracted nearly 1,000 people and featured a free BBQ chicken lunch, taste-testing booth, bean bag toss, spinning prize wheel, free farmers market, and a smorgasbord of other attractions.The festive event was sponsored by Sysco Sacramento, a local food distributor.

We’re honored to receive this USDA “Sunshine” award, covering an eight-state Western Region, but we’re even happier about what it means: No local child needed to go hungry last summer. Healthy kids make better learners — and we’re proud to do our part.