Organizations needed for meal program
The Indiana Department of Education is looking for new sponsors, especially eligible schools and qualified community organizations, to participate in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program.
During the summer months, SFSP provides nutritious meals to eligible children ages 18 and under. Last year, more than 260 sponsors, including school corporations, local governments, and non-profit agencies, served students in low-income areas; however, IDOE is encouraging participating agencies to expand their programs to feed children and teens for the entire summer break in areas where children are most at-risk for hunger.
“The Summer Food Service Program is an important initiative that ensures our children stay healthy and nourished when school is not in session,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “
In 2018, SFSP sponsors served nearly 2.7 million meals at more than 1400 feeding sites throughout the state.
Despite the large number of meals served, less than one out of every five low-income Indiana children receiving free or reduced lunch during the school year take advantage of the free meals offered during the summer months.
The application deadline for potential sponsors is April 30. Across the state, IDOE will host multiple training workshops for new and returning sponsoring organizations. Attendance is required for all new and returning participants.
For additional information about the SFSP, including how to register for the training workshops, visit: www.doe.in.gov/nutrition/summer-food-service-program.