Summer Food Service Program sponsors and sites still needed


This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs. The Department is looking for local nonprofit agencies to serve as sponsors or sites to serve free meals to children. Summer food service sponsors and sites are especially needed in southern Ohio counties where families struggle with food insecurity, as well as in rural communities and areas where migrant families live. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements to cover the costs of nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas.

Schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, parks, camps, community centers, swimming pools, libraries, low-income housing complexes and other sites can serve the free meals.
The Department also encourages nonprofit organizations offering summer activities for children living in low-income areas to apply.

A sponsoring organization must be:

  • A public or nonprofit private school;
  • A public or nonprofit private residential summer camp;
  • A unit of local, municipal, county or state government;
  • A public or nonprofit college or university; or
  • A private nonprofit organization.
Any organization interested in becoming a sponsor or site should complete the potential sponsor survey. The Summer Food Service Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Ohio Department of Education.