Summer Feeding Programs Kick-off with Pizza Camp

Published: June 15th, 2018
Pizza Camp at Chief Hill Learning Academy

Pizza Camp was the kick-off for this year’s Arizona Summer Feeding Program on Thursday, June 14th from 1-2pm at Chief Hill Learning Academy in Chandler. The Dairy Council of Arizona awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to the Summer Feeding Program to celebrate June’s Dairy Month. The Chandler Unified School District was one of 32 programs to receive $2,000 of this total to help feed children who would otherwise go hungry when out of school.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas was on hand, along with The Arizona Diamondback’s organist Bobby Freeman and alumni player Kelly Stinnett, as well as the folks at the Dairy Council of Arizona and the Chandler Firefighters to help make pizzas. The groups interacted with 50+ hungry kids, as they made their own pizzas and watched the dough being hand-tossed by pizza professionals before baking them in a state-of-the-art conveyor pizza oven.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded child nutrition program which was established to ensure low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to have an opportunity to receive nutritious means when school in not in session. In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Health and Nutrition Services division, directly administers the program.

Pizza making professionals
Pizza professional entertaining children
Volunteer Chandler Firefighters
Superintendent Douglas with the Chandler Firefighters
Diamondbacks Bobby Freeman
The Arizona Diamondback’s organist Bobby Freeman with Superintendent Douglas
Arizona Diamondback's player signing autographs
Arizona Diamondback’s alumni player Kelly Stinnett
Children making their own pizzas
Hungry Chandler children
Some hungry children in Chandler
Some 50+ students fed at Pizza Camp
Waiting on the pizza oven