Non-profit support sought for Summer Food Service Program

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced this week that it is seeking private non-profit organizations to participate in a turnkey Summer Food Service Program for this coming summer (2012).

Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, behave better, and feel better. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps all children up to the age of 18 get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow during summer months when they don’t have access to other meal programs.

The Summer Food Service Program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Wyoming Department of Education administers it at the state level and is seeking sponsors to provide services at the local level.

In past years, several Wyoming communities have been successful participants in the program. We would like to have more communities involved in the effort to help children become more successful in school through good nutrition. More sponsors are needed at the local level in order to feed more hungry children during the summer months. This means private nonprofit agencies can help feed children during the summer and get reimbursed for the meals served to kids.

These summer sites must meet some specific criteria regarding the income eligibility of either children living in the area or enrolled in the program at the chosen site. Members of WDE’s nutrition staff can help with obtaining information for possible sites in communities throughout the state.

If you are interested in sponsoring the program and would like more details regarding qualifications as a sponsor, please contact Amanda Anderson, Nutrition Programs Consultant, at 307-777-7168 or email her at Amanda.Anderson@wyo.gov. Application packets are currently being mailed out to those expressing interest in participating.