Child Nutrition Programs & School Nutrition

Food and Nutrition Security

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

166. Summer Nutrition for Children: We All Have a Role to Play!

Sunday, October 21
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Only about one in six low-income children who participate in school lunch participate in Federal Summer Nutrition Programs. Regardless of practice area, RDNs, NDTRs, and dietetics students can all play a role in helping to address child food insecurity during the summer. Participants will receive an overview of the Summer Nutrition Program and its health, academic and overall benefits for children and their families. This session will also share innovative approaches used in North Carolina to increase the number of children reached through the Summer Nutrition Program, including developing sustainable partnerships by engaging high school students in the development of a statewide branding and marketing campaign, and hosting regional SummerPalooza! Summits to support organizations in expanding their Summer Nutrition Programs. A case study of the collaborative approach used by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Food for the Summer Program to expand the program will also be discussed.

Award Presentation: Excellence in Practice – DTR Award
Corinne Estelle Worland, BS, NDTR

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4070 - Food security, hunger
  • 4080 - Government-funded Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 8110 - School foodservice

Tracy Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND

Tracey Bates, MPH, RDN, LDN, FAND is a School Nutrition Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In this role, she coordinates nutrition communications, develops educational resources, supports healthy school environments, and provides professional development for School Nutrition personnel, educators and others working with school-age children and their families. Bates is currently co-chair for the Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina and serves on the advisory committee for FoodCorps NC and the Whole Child NC interagency committee. In addition, she serves on the steering committee and is a past chair for NC Action for Healthy Kids. Bates is a former House of Delegates Director and Board of Directors member for the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A Fellow of the Academy as well as a former delegate and past president for the NC Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bates received the Recognized Young Dietitian and Member of the Year awards. Previously, Bates was coordinator for the Nutrition Education and Training Program with the North Carolina Division of Public Health; a project coordinator for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Managing Overweight/Obesity for Veterans Everywhere (MOVE!) program; and the health promotion nutritionist/nutrition communications coordinator with the Durham County Health Department. The MOVE! program, for which Bates served on the development team, was recognized with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Presidents’ Circle Nutrition Education Award. She received the NC School Health Nutrition Network’s Outstanding Service Award and the Department of Public Instruction Friend of Child Nutrition Award.

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Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN

Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN is a Graduate Research Assistant with No Kid Hungry NC at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently working on her doctorate in nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. She coordinates the nutrition education program and leads the research and evaluation efforts for No Kid Hungry NC, which focuses on addressing child hunger through increasing access to underutilized federal child nutrition programs. Ms. Soldavini also leads the evaluation of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Food for the Summer Program and was awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship from the Carolina Center for Public Service to conduct an evaluation of the program in 2017. She works as an Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. In 2015, Ms. Soldavini received the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Young Dietitian Award.


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Cynthia Ervin, MBA, RD, LDN

Cynthia completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Nutrition and Institutional Management at East Carolina University and received a Master’s of Business Administration with a Health Care focus from The University of Phoenix. Cynthia worked as a Food Service Director with ARAMARK Services at various healthcare setting for over 21 years. During 2005, Cynthia began providing leadership for North Carolina’s Summer Food Service Program at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. After over 23 years of foodservice management, she completed the dietetic internship at Meredith College prior to becoming a Registered Dietitian. Cynthia continued summer nutrition efforts as the Seamless Summer Option Coordinator with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and effective, October 1, 2014, both the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Options moved to NC DPI under Cynthia’s leadership. Cynthia became an ACEND Reviewer during 2017.

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Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN

Jessica Soldavini, MPH, RD, LDN is a Graduate Research Assistant with No Kid Hungry NC at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently working on her doctorate in nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. She coordinates the nutrition education program and leads the research and evaluation efforts for No Kid Hungry NC, which focuses on addressing child hunger through increasing access to underutilized federal child nutrition programs. Ms. Soldavini also leads the evaluation of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Food for the Summer Program and was awarded a Community Engagement Fellowship from the Carolina Center for Public Service to conduct an evaluation of the program in 2017. She works as an Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. In 2015, Ms. Soldavini received the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Recognized Young Dietitian Award.


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