Feed Your Brain
Fighting Summer Learning Loss and Summertime Hunger
The Feed Your Brain project provides funding and training to schools, community-based organizations, and tribes running summer learning programs in rural areas of Washington State.
In rural communities, resources for summer learning are limited. Without programs such as these, students run the risk of falling behind and forgetting the skills they worked so hard to get during the school year. Moreover, low-income children in these communities go without the free and reduced meals they receive during the school year. Only 11% of these children have access to subsidized meals during the summer months.
Feed Your Brain works to change that. Since 2001, School’s Out Washington has worked together with the Children’s Alliance, Discuren Charitable Foundation, and since 2010 Page Ahead, to address summer learning loss and summertime hunger by funding summer learning programs in rural Washington State. Feed Your Brain sites participate in the Summer Food Service Program, providing children with meals they might not otherwise have had.
Since 2001, Feed Your Brain has supported more than 200 summer literacy programs, which have served more than 400,000 meals and benefited approximately 22,000 children.
2017 Feed Your Brain Grant Recipients
After a very competitive selection process, the following programs were selected to receive funding as a part of the 2016 Feed Your Brain program.
- YMCA of Jefferson County, Port Townsend
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula, Sequim
- Newport School District, Newport
- Ocean Beach School District, Long Beach
- Wheatland Libraries, Reardan
- Youth and Family Link, Longview
- White Salmon Valley School District, White Salmon
- ROOF Community Services, Rochester
- Gess Elementary, Chewelah
- Grand Coulee Dam School District, Coulee Dam
- Foundation for Academic Endeavors, Burlington