Sponsors needed for summer meals program

February 22, 2011

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NEW — 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22, 2011

During the summer, many children who receive free or reduced meals from their schools do not have a stable source of food. The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Child Nutrition Services office is 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 or 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.

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.

E-mail program specialist Nancy Van’t Hul at nancy.vanthul@k12.wa.us or 360-725-6222 for more information.

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