Children in low-income communities are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. However, the programs end when school lets out for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps fill the hunger gap.
Schools, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply to be SFSP sponsors. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for serving healthy meals and snacks at approved sites to children and teenagers (18 years and younger). Sponsors are encouraged to provide educational or recreational activities.
For more information about SFSP, contact Alexis Weisskopf at the Hawaii State Department of Education Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs at (808) 587-3600.
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