RHY Resources


USDA Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program administered at the state level that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under during summer months. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to become program sponsors or meal sites—meal sites must maintain clean and sanitary facilities to store and serve food to youth, keep daily records of meals served, and help promote the program in the community. In order to participate, at least half of children served in community sites must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on federal income guidelines.

Learn more about the program and find local meal sites at





Engaging Youth in a Shelter-based Mental Health Services

An article published in February 2020 in BMC Health Services Research describes a project at Night Ministry to provide on-site mental health services to sheltered young adults. The study examined engagement patterns and presenting issues for 77 young people, whose average age was 19, who accessed services between October 2016 and June 2018. Findings suggest that engaging homeless youth in ongoing treatment is challenging – the average number of sessions was three, with a sharp decline in engagement after youth’s first session – and that issues youth consider pressing vary from those presented by case managers.

Read the full study at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12913-020-4953-9



Housing and Food Insecurity among U.S. College Students

Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice has conducted the #RealCollege survey, which assesses food and housing needs among U.S. college students for the past five years. In 2019, the survey reached 167,000 students from 171 two-year institutions and 56 four-year institutions. Seventeen percent of two-year college respondents and 16% of those attending four-year colleges reported having experienced homelessness. Additionally, 42% of two-year college respondents and 33% of those attending four-year colleges reported food insecurity in the last 30 days.

Read the #RealCollege 2020 Report at




Designing Welcoming Drop-in Centers

A recent article by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network profiled Above and Beyond, a Chicago recovery center that uses design (e.g., room layout, furnishings, pictures, lighting, etc.) to encourage client retention. The article describes how the organization created a culturally attuned space, and purposefully structured its staffing in order to improve outcomes for clients, the majority of whom are youth who identify as African Americans experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. The organization buys stylish new furniture and décor, for example, and chooses background music and reading materials recommended by clients. Additionally, and the center operates as a walk-in clinic with shared caseloads, so young people can receive help when they are most ready for it.

Read more about how Above and Beyond designed its drop-in space at




Rural Community Health Toolkits

The Rural Health Information Hub has over 20 toolkits that include evidence-based research, promising programs, evaluation tools, and resources addressing a number of issues affecting rural communities. Toolkit topics include food access, care coordination, disability and accessibility, mental health, disease prevention, substance use, suicide prevention, telehealth, and transportation. Each toolkit contains links to example program models from across the country, links to data collection methods, links to examples of communication strategies and more. The toolkits offer step-by-step guides on identifying needs, planning and implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.

Access all of the toolkits at https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits

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