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Going Mobile to Increase the Reach of Summer Meals: A Feasibility Study for the Rochester Community

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Going Mobile to Increase the Reach of Summer Meals: A Feasibility Study for the Rochester Community

Since 2013, Hunger Solutions New York has been the statewide partner for the Summer Meals Partnership of Rochester. In 2015, the partnership engaged an area research group, CGR, to conduct a feasilbity study for mobile meals. CGR researched existing programs elsewhere in New York and the rest of the nation, analyzed the reach of Rochester’s current summer meals initiative and identified gaps, and did an initial assessment of the receptivity to mobile meals in underserved neighborhoods in Rochester. The study revealed that mobile programs tend to be somewhat more costly to operate than fixed sites, though much depends on how a vehicle is obtained. With a donated vehicle serving 150 meals a day, a mobile program would be operationally viable without a subsidy. In addition, the study found several neighborhoods in the city could be consider underserved by the current network of sites, and a mobile program would be a nimble and flexible way to address gaps in the system.

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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
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