The Pryor Times

February 2, 2014

State Department of Education seeks summer food sponsors


PRYOR, OK — OKLAHOMA CITY  – Sponsoring organizations for the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are now being sought by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Eligible sponsors include public or governmental agencies, private, non-profit residential summer camps and private, non-profit organizations.

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals at no charge to children, especially needy children, during the summer vacation.  Any child 18 years of age or younger may participate.  Also, anyone over 18 years of age who is determined by the state education agency or local public education agency of the state to be mentally or physically disabled may participate.

Needy areas are defined as those areas in which half of the children are eligible for free and reduced price meals in school.  Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of children.  Financial assistance is given to approved sponsors to assist with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs.

There is a great need to feed balanced, nutritious meals to all children, not only during the school year, but also during summer vacation. Approximately 61 percent of the school lunch recipients in Oklahoma are children who receive free or reduced-price meals. During the summer months, these same children are eligible to receive meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

If you are interested in becoming a 2014 SFSP sponsor, representatives from the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) Section will be conducting four videoconferences to provide mandated training for the SFSP. The videoconferences are for new and experienced potential sponsors and will be held from 12:30–3:30 p.m. on the following dates at various locations:

Wednesday, March 5; Wednesday, March 12; Wednesday, March 26; and Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Register online at: http://osdevideoconference.eventbrite.com