While learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is good nutritious food that is “in” when school is “out”. Over 12 million poor children, who qualify to receive a free or reduced price lunch during the academic year, will be deprived of this vital meal. The implications for these children’s health and well-being are significant. For over two months, the vast majority of these children will not have access to nutritious meals like the ones they receive during the school year.
We cannot accept this nutrition gap. Here at the State Department of Education (SDE), we can encourage and inform many people about the benefits of the SFSP, but the decision whether or not to offer the program to needy children will always be a local one. By working together to provide these children with adequate nutrition during the summer we can improve this situation significantly.
More resource and training information are available on the SFSP Web site.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2014
Who can sponsor SFSP?
Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service program. To be a sponsor, you must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and administratively, for running your program. Eligible organizations include:
A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.
The SFSP reaches only a fraction of the children in need. The primary reason for the limited access to the program is that there are not enough feeding sites. Your community building or place of faith could become a feeding site. Sites are the physical locations where food is served. Each site location must work with a SFSP sponsor that is financially and administratively responsible for the meal service at the site. You can also help by coordinating site participation with other youth activity programs in your area. There are three common types of sites: open, camps (residential and nonresidential), and closed enrolled sites.
2014 Per Meal Rates
Rural or Self-Prep Sites
All Other Types of Sites
|Lunch or Supper||3.5450||3.4875|
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination forward immediately to:United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Director, Office of Adjudication 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice), Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For more information on becoming a SFSP sponsor, please contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs at (405) 521-3327.