Dept. of Ed looks to expand summer meals program

The Indiana Department of Education is looking for schools and qualified community organizations to participate in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.

Organizations may also consider partnering with an existing sponsor such as a school corporation to open a meal service site in areas where children may lack good nutrition during the summer months. Rural areas are especially in need of coverage.

In 2017, more than 270 Indiana sponsors served greater than three million meals and snacks at over 1,400 feeding sites.

The Summer Food Service Program reimburses local sponsors that serve healthy free meals and snacks to children 18 years and younger in low-income areas of the state.

Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit groups, including local governments, religious organizations, summer camps, recreation centers, and others. In addition to providing free meal service in a local community, many sponsors offer additional educational or physical activities and may partner with other organizations to do so.

The application deadline for potential SFSP sponsors is April 30.

All sponsors receive training on how to plan, operate, and monitor a successful program.

Attendance is required for all new sponsors.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or to sign up for the training workshop, visit the Department’s website at: