Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs seek Summer food service sponsors

OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 17, 2017) – Sponsoring organizations for the 2017 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are now being sought by the Oklahoma State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs. Eligible sponsors include public or governmental agencies, private, non-profit residential summer camps and private, non-profit organizations.              

This program provides 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. 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.

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals at no charge to children during the summer when school is not in session. Children age 18 and under may receive meals through SFSP. 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 non-profit private school program (established for the mentally or physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals.

Needy areas are defined as those areas in which half of the children are eligible for free and reduced price meals in school. Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of children. Financial assistance is given to approved sponsors to assist with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs.

Sadly, too many of our communities are without a summer food service program sponsor. Together, let us work toward no Oklahoma child suffering the cruelty of hunger.

To become a SFSP sponsor and to learn more about the required upcoming trainings, contact Franza Schrader at (405) 522-4943 or

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  • fax: (202) 690-7442; or

  • email:

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Last updated on January 18, 2017