On Monday, July 1, at 4 pm, the Food Bank will host a half-hour Twitter Town Hall in partnership with the USDA, RIDE, United Way and the City of Providence to promote the Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded program that provides free meals to children in need during the summer.
Currently, 51,300 children receive free or reduced-price lunch in Rhode Island, but only 5,940 accessed the Summer Food Service Program last summer. More than a dozen additional meal sites have been added, but the real key is getting the word out to families, children and teens. The other challenge is destigmatizing the program so that children and teens feel comfortable accessing the meals. We know that teens and parents of young children often use Twitter, and we’re hopeful of reaching them and encouraging them to take advantage of this program.
The Food Bank will moderate the Twitter Town Hall, with questions posed to representatives of the USDA, RIDE, United Way 2-1-1 and the City of Providence. All tweets will use the hashtag #RIMeals4Kids. The public is invited to participate by tweeting questions, providing additional information and retweeting. To participate, visit the Food Bank’s Twitter site at @RIFoodBank on Monday, July 1, between 4 and 4:30 pm; use the hashtag #RIMeals4Kids in all tweets.