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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging organizations throughout the state to assist present nutritious meals to youngsters in low-income areas throughout the summer time months via PDE’s Summer Food Service Program. Sponsors should apply by May 31, 2022.

“Hunger impacts families across the commonwealth; it does not discriminate,” stated Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “The unfortunate reality is that for many students, their only access to healthy meals is found at school. We know that hunger creates significant barriers to learning and development, and we call on organizations across the commonwealth to join us as we combat hunger during the summer months—and help students receive nutritious meals even when school is not in session.”

Last summer time, almost 250 organizations offered nutritious meals to youngsters at greater than 2,400 places throughout the state. However, to attain extra youngsters and slender the starvation hole that summer time could carry, extra organizations and meal websites are wanted, particularly in rural areas.  

Participating organizations are reimbursed for meals served to youngsters who stay in areas during which at the very least 50 % of the youngsters qualify for free or reduced-price meals below the National School Lunch Program. 

Participating organizations have to be year-round, not-for-profit entities, which embrace faculties, native, municipal or county governments, libraries, church buildings, fireplace and police stations, residential summer time camps, and nationwide youth sports activities applications. Organizations authorized to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program are accountable for managing the feeding websites that present the meals to youngsters.

Most collaborating organizations could also be reimbursed for up to two meals a day: lunch or dinner, and breakfast or a snack. Those serving primarily migrant youngsters could also be reimbursed for up to three meals a day. Camps could serve up to three meals per day, however they’re reimbursed solely for meals served to youngsters eligible for free or reduced-price meals below the National School Lunch Program. 

The Summer Food Service Program, which started in 1976, is a federally funded baby vitamin program designed to attain those that are age 18 or youthful in economically deprived areas. People older than 18 who’re mentally or bodily handicapped and take part in public or nonprofit personal applications established for the disabled are additionally ready to obtain free meals at Summer Food Service Program websites. 

For extra data on changing into a collaborating group or a meal web site for the summer time Food Service Program, view the web site at www.schooling.pa.gov/sfsp or name 800.331.0129. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights regulation and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights laws and insurance policies, the USDA, its companies, workplaces, and staff, and establishments collaborating in or administering USDA applications are prohibited from discriminating based mostly on race, shade, nationwide origin, intercourse, incapacity, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights exercise in any program or exercise performed or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require different technique of communication for program data (e.g. Braille, massive print, audiotape, American Sign Language, and many others.), ought to contact the company (state or native) the place they utilized for advantages. Individuals who’re deaf, laborious of listening to or have speech disabilities could contact USDA via the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Program data could also be made out there in languages apart from English. 

To file a program grievance of discrimination, full the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) discovered on-line at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,  and at any USDA workplace, or write a letter addressed to USDA and supply within the letter all the data requested within the kind. To request a replica of the grievance kind, name (866) 632-9992. Submit your accomplished kind or letter to USDA by: 

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

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3) E-mail: program.consumption@usda.gov. 

This establishment is an equal alternative supplier. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Kendall Alexander, kenalexand@pa.gov

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