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Funding Available for Organizations Serving Summer Meals to Virginia Children
Deadline to apply for this year’s Summer Food Service Program is April 26, 2013.
(Richmond, Va.)— The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is looking for financially viable organizations that can serve meals to children during the summer months. Organizations that participate in the Summer Food Service Program will be reimbursed by VDH for the meals that are served as well as the administrative costs of serving the meals. In addition, all participants receive technical assistance from VDH. New participants are required to attend Summer Food Service Program training.
Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process and lack of nutritional meals during the summer may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Virginia’s children need nutritious meals all year long to keep them healthy and ready to learn. The Summer Food Service Program fills the nutrition gap when school’s out.
Virginia’s Summer Food Service Program operates in schools, public housing centers, playgrounds, camps, parks and churches. Sponsors that might qualify for this program include: public or private nonprofit schools; local, municipal, county, state or federal governments; public or private nonprofit residential summer camps; and private nonprofit organizations including faith- or community-based organizations.
Organizations interested in obtaining more information about the Summer Food Service Program or in requesting an application to participate should call VDH at 1-877-618-7282 or visit its Summer Food Service Program website. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also is offering a series of free webinars for organizations and individuals about the participating in the summer feeding program.
If your organization is interested in feeding children in your area but does not want to manage the sponsor requirements, consider becoming a meal site under another sponsor. In that case, call the toll-free number above and ask for a list of existing sponsors in your area that may be able to add your organization as meal location.
The deadline for submitting an application to participate in this year’s Summer Food Service Program is April 26, 2013.
Funding for the Summer Food Service Program is provided by the USDA and administered by VDH. The program provides nutritional meals in economically disadvantaged areas to children age 18 and younger and to students over the age of 18 who are mentally or physically disabled. It is an equal opportunity program serving meals at no charge to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.