Sponsors Needed for Summer Meals Program
OLYMPIA — January 31, 2012 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Child Nutrition Services office is now accepting applications for sponsors of the 2012 Summer Feeding Programs for children.
Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer 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 is open to public and private nonprofit school food authorities, residential summer camps, certain private nonprofit organizations and units of local, county, municipal, tribal, state or federal government. Colleges and universities that participate in the 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 as many as three meal types per day per child, with the option of providing a supper meal.
Meals must meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company approved by OSPI’s Child Nutrition Services.
In accordance with Federal Law and USDA policy, OSPI is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
If you believe you have been treated unfairly, you may file a complaint of discrimination by writing, USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For further information, contact Donna Parsons, Director, Child Nutrition Services, OSPI, at (360) 725-6200 or by mail at PO 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 provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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