Summer Meals Means FUN!
A fun atmosphere helps keep kids and teens coming back to meal sites all summer long. Below, meet Ray F. Sun, the official mascot for the NC Summer Nutrition Programs, and find other resources to spice up your sites.
Meet Ray F. Sun
Meet Ray F. Sun, the official mascot for the NC Summer Nutrition Programs! (The “F.” stands for food, fitness, fun, and farm to summer!)
Ray’s mission is to spread fun in the sun and make sure everyone knows about free summer meals for kids and teens across North Carolina. Ray appears across the state at meal sites and other events, so make sure to find a site near you and keep an eye out for them.
Ray was born in 2017 as part of a contest for students across NC to create new artwork to help increase the visibility of Summer Nutrition Programs. A group of students from Corinth Holders High School in Johnston County submitted the design. Ray made their public debut in person at the 2018 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference, in February 2018.
Get involved with Ray:
- If you want to invite Ray to your meal site or summer event, click here to fill out the appearance request form.
- Connect with Ray on social media: @Ray4NCkids on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
- Find outreach materials and web buttons with Ray’s image to help promote NC Summer Nutrition Programs.
- Download a printable coloring page with Ray.
Activities and More
The Carolina Hunger Initiative site hosts tons of nutrition education materials for kids and teens, including: activity handouts you can print and bring to sites; simple, healthy recipes you can teach to kids; online games; and more.
Summer Food, Summer Moves is a fun, hands-on resource kit from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, designed to get kids and families excited about healthy eating and physical activity during the summer months.