Each summer, after the school year has ended, many Indiana children no longer have access to free or reduced priced school meals. As more families are struggling to make the ends meet in today’s economy, more children are going without proper nutrition. However, many of these children would be eligible to receive free, nourishing meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP). The SFSP provides reimbursement to organizations that prepare (or contract with a school or a food service management company) and serve meals to needy children.
The Indiana Department of Education is encouraging organizations to consider sponsoring the SFSP in order to provide meals to low income children throughout the summer months. Organizations that may participate as a sponsor include schools, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and residential camps.
If you are not in a position to participate as a sponsor or feeding site, please share this information with other individuals or organizations that might be interested in providing the program to eligible children in their area.
For more information please visit Indiana Department of Education webpage http://www.doe.in.gov/food/summer/welcome.html or call Tina Skinner, SFSP Specialist, at (317)232-0858 or (800) 537-1142.