The 2014 Summer BreakSpot Mobile Unit Pilot of Broward County, Florida (“Mobile Pilot”) was a partnership between Broward Meals On Wheels (BMOW), Broward County Housing Authority (BCHA), Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) and Florida Impact, working through the South Florida Hunger Coalition. The goal of this initiative was to provide nutritious meals at three active BCHA public housing sites and a former public housing site with similar family income demographics and managed through a 501 (C)(3) not-for profit. These summer meals were expected to be the primary nutritional alternative to school meals ordinarily available during the school calendar year.
To help bridge the gap in nutrition during the summer months, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) serves nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger while school is not in session. The SFSP is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is state-administered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness (FNW). In order to take advantage of the federally funded SFSP and ensure children had access to healthy meals throughout the summer, the Summer BreakSpot Mobile Unit Pilot project was developed to provide an innovative program whereby children, residing in four of the county‟s housing authority developments, would receive at least one healthy meal and snack each weekday while school was out for the summer in conjunction with weekly activities related to nutrition, physical activity, tobacco-free environments and tips for healthier living.