Several months ago, while snow was still fresh on the ground, Hunger Free Colorado and partners began preparing for the statewide summer food program for kids and teens. We began taking steps to create this summer’s outreach materials by teaming up with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to host a poster contest, where the winning artwork would be incorporated into banners, postcards, fliers, ads and more across the state to increase awareness and participation in the program. The results far exceeded anyone’s expectations—most notably the contest winner, whose fun and festive artwork will be seen by thousands of people this summer!
The youth-inspired poster contest was designed with the Summer Food Service Program in mind. It’s a program, funded by the USDA and supported by the Colorado Department of Education, for school-age children who lose access to school meals during the summer months. Free, nutritious meals are provided to kids and teens at more than 500 community sites, with support from 80 sponsors, in Colorado. Sites include schools, recreation centers, libraries and churches, and many offer activities as well.
Young artists were instructed to incorporate two essential elements in their poster design—fun and engaging activities, as well as nutritious food. The contest yielded approximately 100 creative entries, from kids ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old, which was great! But only one could be selected.
The contest’s winner was a young artist named Jalia H., who attends the Boettcher Boys and Girls Club. Her vibrant and engaging artwork personifies healthy fruits and vegetables engaging in fun summer activities. Her design is featured on postcards, banners and fliers, as well as on KidsFoodFinder.org, ads on buses and in movie theaters.
(Get to know Jalia, the “summer food” artist, in this blog post.)
We’re so glad that Jalia entered the contest, and more importantly, that her artwork will help to connect more children and teens to nutritious meals this summer. Help us thank the budding artist for her creativity and support!
Beginning in late May, families can find nearby summer food sites in Colorado by calling the Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626 or visiting KidsFoodFinder.org.
Blog post content provided by Andrea Garcia, who works with Hunger Free Colorado around child nutrition programs.