Community sponsors needed to run summer food programs

Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Child Nutrition Services is looking for community sponsors to run summer food programs to prevent children in low-income areas from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer.

Child Nutrition Services is asking school districts, parks and recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, units of local government, tribal agencies, residential and nonresidential camps, and faith-based programs to consider operating a Summer Food Service Program for children and youth.

Sponsors provide free meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or snacks) to children at a site such as a school or a community center. Program sponsors are reimbursed on a "meals times federal rate" basis when they serve eligible meals to children and youth. This is the single largest federal resource available for local sponsors who combine a feeding program with a summer enrichment or recreational program.

The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the Department of Education and Early Development through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is available to children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Potential sponsors should contact the State of Alaska, Department of Education and Early Development, Child Nutrition Services at 465-4788 for more information.

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