Department seeks sponsors for Summer Food Service Program

Applications Accepted Now through April 15, 2018
BATON ROUGE, La.- The Louisiana Department of Education’s Division of Nutrition Support is now accepting applications from eligible agencies and organizations to serve as sponsors and program sites for the 2018 Summer Food Service Program, which provides healthy meals to children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, during the summer months when school is not in session.
The federally-funded program is administered on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the state’s education department. Any child aged 18 or younger, or anyone over the age of 18 who is determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program, may receive meals through the program. The program is held in economically disadvantaged areas, or neighborhoods and communities in which half of the school children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Eligibility may also be determined by census information, or on an individual basis.
Approved sponsors receive financial assistance to help with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food through the program, including administrative costs. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract a food vendor.
Examples of local organizations that often serve as sponsors include but are not limited to: public or private non-profit schools; local, municipal, parish, tribal or state governments; private non-profits; public or private non-profit camps; and private or non-profit universities or colleges.
To find more information about upcoming training sessions provided by the Louisiana Department of Education, click here and click here.
Training must be completed by potential sponsors prior to application approval. Applicants will be notified once applications have been reviewed by staff.
The program is also in need of agencies or organizations that are willing to serve as program sites. The sites are the physical locations where food is served. Each site location must work with an approved program sponsor that is financially and administratively responsible for the meal service at the site.
Applications are being accepted now through April 15, 2018 from those who wish to participate in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.
For more information on these programs, contact the Department’s Division of Nutrition Support at 1-877-453-2721 or (225) 342-3720.

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