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DCYF Nutrition Poster Contest 2017



The Summer Meal Program

The San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF) is committed to the health and well-being of San Francisco's youth. With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), DCYF is able to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Both programs are designed to offer nutritious, free meals to youth when school is not in session and after school hours during school-year months, respectively. These meals are sponsored by three major sponsors in the city: San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), and Children’s Empowerment Inc. (CEI).  DCYF provides financial and administrative support to ensure FREE nutritious meals are available in all high need neighborhoods of San Francisco to any youth age 18 and under, regardless of race/ethnicity and income.

Purpose of the Poster Contest

We believe that visual art via posters is an excellent opportunity for youth to get excited for the Summer Meal Program and engage other San Francisco youth to participate in the meal programs, which is why we created the DCYF Poster Contest.

The majority of youth who participate in these programs are K-5 students. Our goal is to engage middle school and high school students to participate in these meals program and get them excited about nutrition. Therefore, we decided to host a poster contest to have youth (ages 12-14 and ages 15-18) to redesign our outreach posters.

Poster Contest Information

The posters should include designs and images that represents what healthy food means to them. These posters should also include mandatory language provided by USDA and words that can be translated to multiple languages (Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog). Our intent is to split the prizes into different age brackets (ages 12-14 and ages 15-18) with multiple winners in each age bracket (a total of six winners).

These posters will be displayed at over 100 locations in San Francisco and the entered designs and the youth's brief paragraph on why healthy food is important to them will be featured on our website,, and DCYF's Nutrition Instagram account @sf_dcyf_nutrition.

Contest winners for each age group (Ages 12-14 and Ages 15-18) will be announced no later than Monday, May 1st, 2017.

Contest winners will win a stipend award: 1st Place - $350, 2nd Place - $250 & 3rd Place - $150! The DCYF Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will judge all the posters and decide the overall winners. YAB will also rank overall winners to determine printing of posters.

The poster and COMPLETED entry form are DUE to DCYF by the new extended deadline Monday, April 24, 2017
- Mail or bring your poster and entry form (make sure to include your brief paragraph) to:
DCYF, 1390 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94102
- Email to (Accepted image formats: JPG, PNG, PDF, doc., Ai, PSD)

For any questions, please contact, Community Engagement Assistant, Child Nutrition.

Please Click Here for the Poster Contest Application.


 *The original deadline was set on Friday, April 14th, 2017, but DCYF's Nutrition Team has decided to extend the deadline to Monday, April 24th, 2017. (Updated : Friday, April 21st, 2017)


Last updated: 4/21/2017 3:23:42 PM
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