Iowans needed to help combat student hunger in the summer
A child’s nutrition needs don’t end with the school year. To that end, the Iowa Department of Education seeks sponsors statewide to help run a program that provides healthy meals and snacks to children in low-income neighborhoods through the summer.
The Summer Food Service Program, administered by the Iowa Department of Education, provides nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas during the summer months.
Many Summer Food Service Program feeding sites exist in Iowa, but their reach is not far enough to meet needs statewide. Sponsoring means acting as the organizer for the sites. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, supervision and food service capabilities.
The summer meals program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Funds are available to offset the cost, which is based on a per-meal reimbursement. Reimbursement funds can be used for both operational and administrative expenses.
Typical sponsors include public or private nonprofit schools; local, municipal, county, tribal or state government; private nonprofits; public or private nonprofit camps; and private or nonprofit universities or colleges.
A free informational webinar on sponsorship will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Visit the following Summer Food Service Program webpage for more information.