Sponsors Needed for Summer Meals Program
OLYMPIA — January 27, 2015 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking sponsors for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The SFSP is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federally funded child nutrition program, established to ensure that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during school vacations, when they do not have access to school meals.
Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit schools, residential and non-residential summer camps, private nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and units of local, county, municipal, and state government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program may also sponsor meal sites.
Eligible sponsors are those who operate a nonprofit meal program during the summer for children age 18 and younger. 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 USDA meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company. Sponsors are reimbursed for eligible meals served.
Up to two meal types per day per child may be served at each site. Sites serving primarily migrant children and residential camp sites may serve as many as three meal types per day per child.
Interested organizations are encouraged to register for training at the SFSP website, which will take place in April and is a requirement for participation. Applications will be available online mid-spring.
Contact OSPI at 360-725-6202 for more information.
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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