Summer food service program needs sponsors

Summer food service program needs sponsors Many children lose an important source of nutritious meals when schools close for summer vacation.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, government studies show that low-income children receive one-third to one-half of their daily nutrient intake from the National School Lunch Program.

Needy families often do not have the resources to adequately replace these meals. Organizations can help keep nutrition accessible to these children by sponsoring a summer food service program.

Eligible sponsors include:


* Public or private nonprofit school food authorities;


* Public or private nonprofit residential summer camps;


* Units of local, municipal, tribal, county or state government;


* Public or private nonprofit colleges or universities currently participating in the National Youth Sports Program.


* Private nonprofit organizations.

Sponsors receive operating and administrative reimbursements and commodities. For more information contact Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (606) 773-3413 or visit the services website at http:// www.state.sd.us/deca/CANS/chn.htm.

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