Sponsors Needed for Summer Meals Program
OLYMPIA — January 19, 2017 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Services (OSPI CNS) office is pleased to announce the 2017 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) SFSP was established to ensure that children in lower-income areas would continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school meals. OSPI CNS will be accepting applications beginning April 1, 2017, from organizations interested in sponsoring summer meal sites.
Sponsorship is open to public and private non-profit 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 also may 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 USDA meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company. 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 OSPI CNS 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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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