The Oklahoma State Department of Education is seeking sponsoring organizations for the 2013 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Eligible sponsors include public schools, public or governmental agencies, private, non-profit residential summer camps and private, non-profit organizations.
“The purpose of this program is to provided nutritious meals for children from needy areas who participate in summer educational or recreational programs as well as for eligible children enrolled in summer camps,” said State Superintendent Janet Barresi. “Good sponsors are critical to the success of this important program. Children require good nutrition for the development of their minds and bodies, and this program is necessary to ensure that every child in this state comes back to school in the fall ready to learn.”
A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a State or local educational agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals.
Eligibility is based on areas in which half of the children are eligible for free and reduced price meals in school, or may also be determined by census information, or individual income eligibility criteria. Financial assistance is given to approved sponsors to assist with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs.
The Summer Food Service Program is available throughout the state from May through August.
Those interested in sponsoring a summer food service program, should contact
Linda Wren, Child Nutrition Programs,
2500 North Lincoln Blvd., Suite 310
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3327 Fax: (405) 521-2239
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived for any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).”