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Food Program for Hungry Children During Summer Months

Children need adequate nutrition in summer months and the USDA has a program to provide delivery of food of children

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Humor in the workplace Children in your community do not need to go hungry this summer. During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for the summer.

You know that children who miss school breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, absent or tardy, disruptive in class, and inattentive. They also score lower on achievement tests. Good nutrition is essential for learning in school. SFSP provides an opportunity to continue a child's physical and social development while providing nutritious meals during long vacation periods from school. It helps children return to school ready to learn.

Summer Food Service Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap.

Summer Food Service Program is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to combine a feeding program with a summer activity program.

Units of local government, camps, schools, and private nonprofit organizations can sponsor the SFSP. If your organization already provides services to the community, and has capable staff and good management practices to run a food service, you can sponsor the SFSP. Sponsor attend the State agency's training, locate eligible sites, hire, train and supervise staff, arrange for meals to be prepared and delivered, monitor sites and prepare claims for reimbursement.

RESOURCE: USDA Food and Nutrition Service



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