A program that targets children in low-income areas to ensure they have meals during the summer is seeking sponsors for meal locations. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and managed locally by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), needs sponsors for the locations to increase the number of children 18 years of age or younger who receive nutritious and healthy meals during the summer months. Organizations that participate are eligible to receive reimbursements for meals served and administrative expenses.
Who Can Participate?
- Sponsors - Units of local government, camps, schools, and private nonprofit organizations are eligible to operate a SFSP as sponsors.
- Children - Children 18 and under may receive free meals and snacks through the SFSP.
- Meals and snacks also are available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs.
Sponsors will receive training to help them operate a successful program and will have continued support from the Delaware Department of Education throughout the course of the program. All sponsors must agree to serve meals to all children regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Eligibility for SFSP is based on free and reduced lunch data for a school for a particular area. To qualify as an open site that can feed all children, the site must be in an area where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch. In addition, camps and enrolled programs may qualify based on individual income eligibility.
The income scale is as follows:
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS
Effective Date: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
For information on becoming a SFSP sponsor or site, or to locate a sponsored site in your area, call (302) 735-4060 or visit http://www.doe.k12.de.us and search “Summer Food Service Program.”
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 Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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