Summer Nutrition Champion Awards 2019

Summer Nutrition Champion Awards are now open! See the instructions below to apply for one or more of the NC Department of Public Instruction's Summer Nutrition Awards.

The Summer Nutrition Team at NCDPI knows that SFSP and SSO sponsors in North Carolina run outstanding Summer Nutrition Programs with innovative and creative strategies for growth and sustainability, and want to celebrate you and recognize your hard work!


This year, a Summer Nutrition Award Intent Form must be submitted electronically by August 30 to indicate that you intend to apply for an award.  You can access this form here.

The deadline to submit complete award applications is Friday, September 13!


Summer Nutrition Awards Summary

Download details on all the awards as a PDF.

Intent Form

Muse be submitted electronically by August 30.

Going the Distance in Innovation Award

The Going the Distance in Innovation Award recognizes returning SFSP and SSO sponsors who implement innovative concepts and marketing strategies in their summer programs to increase participation in 2019.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes new Summer Nutrition Program sponsors who ran a superior first year of operation that included a menu that promotes a healthy lifestyle and sustainable participation or partnerships.

Superior Site Award

The Superior Site Award will be presented to a SFSP or SSO sponsor and site representative that operated an open site that went above and beyond to gain and maintain participation from the children and local community.

Turnip the Beet Award

The Turnip the Beet award recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious.

And new for 2019…

Farm to Summer Best Practice Award

The Farm to Summer Award recognizes Summer Nutrition Programs that implemented Farm to Summer initiatives in their programs including serving locally sourced foods and conducting agricultural and nutritional education activities.

NCDPI will host a webinar August 27 at 1:00pm for a more in depth look into Summer Nutrition Champion Awards and the application process.

Find Free Summer Meals Near You

Available June through August

Find meals near you:

Don't forget:

  • Contact sites to verify information
  • Check school, district, or organization's website, social media, and other communications for the most up-to-date information

Summer Meals

Summer Home

SummerPalooza! Summits

Ray, NC Summer Meals Mascot

Ray Appearance Request

Fast Facts



Resources and Materials

NC Sponsor Pre-Screen

Capacity Builder Map (USDA)

Outreach Materials

Web Buttons

More Summer Meals Resources
and Materials