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DPI Seeking Sponsors for Summer Food Service Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/14/2019

When school's out for the summer, programs and organizations across the state still provide free, nutritious meals for economically disadvantaged children through the Summer Food Service Program. As a result, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is seeking sponsors for the 2019 summer program.

Last year, sponsors provided nearly 2.9 million free meals to children from low-income families during the summer months. The agency says number of sponsors and meals served in Wisconsin has increased substantially over the past eight years--which now operates in 965 sites statewide.

"Many families struggle to provide food for their children throughout the year, but especially so during the summer when the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs aren't running," said State School Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor. "The Summer Food Service Program helps close a nutrition gap for children in communities throughout the state. I encourage more public and private schools and nonprofit organizations to run nutrition sites so more children have access to nutritious meals this summer."

The most common sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program has been local school districts which combine a meal program with their summer school sessions. Through partnerships and creative collaboration, some districts have been able to work with other organizations to extend the Summer Food Service Program beyond summer school to meet the needs of more children.

For more details on the application process, go to: www.wisummerfood.org.

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