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Family Day Care Providers Step Up to Squash Summer Hunger!

As part of the Squash Summer Hunger 2023 festivities, one of our amazing Family Day Care Home providers, Sylvia Abalos, hosted a summer squash week at her in-home child care. The children in her care participated in activities such as learning songs about squash, learning different names of squash in English, Spanish, AND American Sign Language, and various other squash activities and crafts throughout the week.

On Thursday, June 29th, Sylvia hosted two specialists from the Community Programs team at USBE who helped read The Ugly Pumpkin to the children, helped facilitate a squash painting activity, a squash scavenger hunt, AND were able to try Sylvia’s delicious zucchini recipe that she made for snack for the children to try. Sylvia even had over a dozen various squash plants growing in her front and back yards!

The children really seemed to enjoy all the different activities provided and even sported handmade Summer Squash Week nametags and all the children were sent home with squash seed packets to grow at home! Sylvia is a super star, we are so grateful for her going above and beyond with everything she does. Sylvia is also a Harvest of the Season Micro-Grant recipient for both gardens and local food taste tests. You can clearly see her passion with working with children and promoting farm to fork efforts in her care! Congrats Sylvia!

You can learn more about the Squash Summer Hunger Promotion at We hope you join us next year!



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