Sponsors Needed for Summer Meals Program
OLYMPIA — February 7, 2011 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Services office will be accepting applications for sponsors of the 2011 Summer Feeding Programs for children.
Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer break to children age 18 and younger. Qualified sponsors will be reimbursed for eligible meals served.
The meal sites must be located in areas where at least 50 percent of the children are qualified for free or reduced-price school meals or where at least 50 percent of the children enrolled in a specific program are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. All children – regardless of family income level – can receive a free meal at approved sites.
Participation in the program is open to public and private nonprofit local education agencies, residential summer camps, certain private nonprofit organizations and units of local, county, municipal, tribal, state or federal government. Colleges and universities that participate in Upward Bound Program may also participate.
A sponsor may serve up to two meal types per day per child at each site. This may be a breakfast, breakfast and snack, snack, breakfast and lunch, lunch, lunch and snack or two snacks. Sites serving primarily migrant children may serve up to three meal types per day per child. Reimbursement for supper is allowed only when the organized activity for children is in the evening.
Meals must meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company approved by the OSPI, Child Nutrition Services.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY).
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For further information, contact Nancy Van’t Hul, program specialist, at (360) 725-6222 or Donna Parsons, supervisor, at (360) 725-6220, or by mail at Child Nutrition Services, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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