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Sponsors Needed for Summer Meals Programs

OLYMPIA — February 3, 2014 — Ensuring that students in low-income areas receive nutritious meals all year long, including summer, is crucial in their development and in their education. The federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to helping those students.

The program is overseen by the Child Nutrition Services (CNS) section of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. CNS will soon be accepting applications from organizations interested in sponsoring summer meal sites.

Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit local educational agencies, residential summer camps, private nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and units of local, county, municipal, state, or federal government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program may also sponsor meal sites.

Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer for children age 18 and younger. 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 a site once the site has been approved.

Meals must meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company. Qualified sponsors will be reimbursed for eligible meals served.

A sponsor may serve up to two meal types per day per child at each site. This may be a breakfast, breakfast and snack, breakfast and lunch, breakfast and supper, lunch, lunch and snack, snack, AM and PM snacks, supper, or supper and snack. 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.

Contact CNS at (360) 725-6200 for more information.

The USDA prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, 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.

 

About OSPI
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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Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015

 

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