Education Department seeks summer meals sites

Jan 30, 2019

Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition is seeking organizations that would like to participate in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, which provides children healthy meals when school is not in session.

In 2018, 123 sponsors participated in the program, serving meals at 450 sites throughout the state. SFSP may be offered statewide in areas or at sites where more than 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits under the National School Lunch Program or census track data supports the need. Organizations that provide services in rural communities or near migrant farm workers and tribal populations are urged to participate. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, nonprofit residential summer camps, government agencies, and tax-exempt organizations including faith-based organizations.

DOE will begin accepting applications to participate in February. Approved sponsors will be reimbursed for eligible meals served to children during the long summer break.

Potential sponsors are required to attend training sessions. For a complete schedule of trainings, visit maine.gov/doe/schools/nutrition/resources/calendar. Maine DOE is available to attend meetings or consult by phone and email to answer questions regarding summer meals.

For more information, contact adriane.ackroyd@maine.gov, call 624-6726 or visit maine.gov/doe/schools/nutrition/programs/sfsp.

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