Ohio Dept. of Education Seeks Nonprofit Sponsors to Feed Children
Release date: 2/1/2012
Nonprofit organizations offering summer activities for low-income youth or children living in low-income areas are encouraged to apply for the 2012 program.
The SFSP was created to ensure that children between the ages of 1 and 18, can continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer school break, when they do not have access to school lunches or breakfasts. Children with disabilities and an approved Individual Education Plan (IEP) may participate through age 21.
“Just as learning is a year-round activity, so is the need for good nutrition,” said Stan Heffner, Ohio superintendent of public instruction. “When school is out, communities can offer the Summer Food Service Program to provide many children with the nourishment they need to continue to learn, play and grow.”
Last summer, the program served children at 1,491 SFSP sites in Ohio. More than 200 sponsors participated in the program, which is funded through ODE by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Sponsors receive cash reimbursements to provide nutritious meals to children at eligible sites.
Schools and nonprofit organizations may qualify to participate in SFSP if their program sites are in areas where 50 percent of children qualify for USDA’s free and reduced-price school meals. All new sponsoring agencies will be required to attend a training program in March or April and complete the application process by May 1.
Organizations interested in becoming sponsors or sites with existing sponsors should visit the ODE Web site and search keywords potential sponsor survey. Potential sponsors interested in participating in the 2012 summer program should complete the survey no later than March 15. For more information, call toll-free (800) 808-6325 The USDA prohibits discrimination in the administration of its programs.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”