DEPARTMENT SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM SPONSORS

Jan 31, 2017

Applications accepted now through April 15, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La.-- The Louisiana Department of Education's Division of Nutrition Support is now accepting applications from eligible agencies and organizations to serve as sponsors and program sites for the 2017 Summer Food Service Program, which provides healthy meals to children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, during the summer months when school is not in session.

The federally-funded Summer Food Service Program is administered on behalf of the United States Department of Agriculture through the state's education department. Any child aged 18 or younger, or anyone over the age of 18 who is determined by a state or local educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who participates during the school year in a public or private non-profit school program, may receive meals through the program. The program is held in economically disadvantaged areas, or neighborhoods and communities in which half of the school children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of children.
 
Approved sponsors receive financial assistance to help with the cost of obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs. Sponsors must be able to provide a capable staff, managerial skills and food service capabilities. A sponsor may provide its own meals, purchase meals through an agreement with an area school, or contract for meals with a food vendor.

Examples of local organizations that often serve as sponsors include: public or private non-profit schools; local, municipal, parish, tribal or state governments; private non-profits; public or private non-profit camps; and private or non-profit universities or colleges.

Application information can be obtained at a training provided by the Louisiana Department of Education. To learn more about trainings available for potential sponsors, click here.

Training must be completed by potential sponsors prior to application approval. Applicants will be notified once applications have been reviewed by staff.
The program is also in need of agencies or organizations that are willing to serve as program sites. The sites are the physical locations where food is served. Each site location must work with an approved program sponsor that is financially and administratively responsible for the meal service at the site.

All applications are being accepted now through April 15, 2017, from those who wish to participate in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program.

For more information on these programs, contact the Department's Division of Nutrition Support at 1-877-453-2721 or (225) 342-3720.
 
Non Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online here and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
 U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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